I’ve gotten this question from several people since posting the pictures of Theodore. It’s called a “Tummy Tub.” Our nurse-midwife uses them and strongly encouraged us to get one. We got one when Martin was born and it is a great thing, let me tell you. It’s mainly for bathing, but the advantages of it are (1) it keeps the water warm longer since it is in a smaller, enclosed space, (2) it simulates the womb really well, and (3) it is very comforting for the child (usually). They’re really big over in Europe, from what I hear, especially Scandinavia. You can just gently hold underneath the back of their jaw, and they kind’ve float. It’s really fun.
I’ve also been asked quite frequently what we are going to call Theodore. Um, how about…Theodore? I realize this is not a common name, but lots of people just assume that we are going to have a nickname for him. We may or we may not. We might call him Theo. Not Teddy. Possibly Ted. Maybe even T.J. But for right now, Theodore works for us. Martin’s middle name is Frederick, and we’ve started to call him “Fritz.” That was what my uncle on my mom’s side was called. It really fits him well, because he is such a little schnickelfritz!
Anyway, today was a good day. Theodore has caught on to nursing quite well, and doesn’t want to do much else right now. I think we all feel much better this time around than we did after Martin was born (just mentally, emotionally, whatever). Maybe being three years older has something to do with it. Maybe the fact that this is our fourth and we feel more relaxed. Who knows? It has just been a splendid experience so far. Martin was a difficult infant. We found out when he was about 6 months old that he was having chronic ear infections and his adenoids were larger than normal, which kept him from sleeping well. I don’t know how many nights he woke up 7, 8 times. Amy and I started taking turns pulling the all-nighters with him so that the other could get a full night of sleep. Ugh! Lord, deliver us, please!
Well, I’m about to head back over to the hospital. Amy’s sister Angie is leaving tomorrow morning. She has been such a fantastic help this week and weekend. We don’t know what we would have done without her (I’m sure we would have relied on our local friends, which are several). They’re getting some sister time this evening, and I have to do bills. Fun! My mom is coming up from KS tomorrow afternoon, and will be here through the baptism, which will be next Sunday, Lord willing. Thank you to everyone who has called and emailed. More later!