Wow. December 20. Last night, I read back through my posts from December last year. This time last year was most certainly my darkest. This year, light is beginning to shine through the cracks.
I miss Otis so desperately, and we hit some really rough spots here at home this month. E had a few really sad nights, sobbing in front of our Christmas tree, crying those tears that come from the deepest part of your belly, missing Otis and asking all the why why why questions all over again. We hung all our O ornaments on the tree, this year they take on a new specialness with our new O addition, but even just pulling them out of the boxes gave me the body sensations of last December, the hollow, empty, pit at the bottom of my stomach that lasted through all of December...E and I also fought some really nasty fights this month, lots and lots and lots of emotions...I think it's fair to say that December may always be tough.
One of the main sources of our fighting is my anxiety, my difficulty in wrapping my head around and appreciating the joy that is here this year, the beautiful gorgeous miraculous little man that inhabits our home...
We have been hooked up with a program at our local Children's Hospital that specializes for families with fussy babies. They do home visits and provide a team of support to parents just like us. And it's all covered by insurance. It's pretty amazing - all in the hopes of preventing child abuse, neglect, and attachment disorders, among other things. The team is made up of psychologists, doctors, nurses, social workers. Each week we get a visit. Yesterday was our second visit. They are still getting to know us, but they provide a listening ear as well as advice about specific issues to raising our baby. I'm pretty sure when they heard about our referral (firstborn died, second born is incredibly challenging), they acted FAST to help us, realizing that an anxious mom and a fussy baby is a dangerous combination for both mama and baby. We saw the director of the program last week and will see her every other visit, I think. The woman that came yesterday was a psychologist, and we spoke about Otis for a long time, and also about Owen, of course. Owen, by the way, was a dreamboat while she was here, we all got a good laugh, "WE SWEAR he's a fussy baby, don't kick us out of the program!" Anyway, she listened, and observed, and provided some suggestions and observations, and it was really helpful. (Geez, I wish I could verbalize it better, but I am still pretty brain zonked these days.)
In good news: Owen celebrated his three month birthday and slept an amazing stint the other night - from 7 pm to 2 am, then again until 6 am. Last night was a little shorter, but still quite a respite - he slept 7 pm to 11, then 11 to 3, then 3 to 7. He's been pretty dreamy all day today, smiley and happy. We've moved him into his crib, from the mini bassinet next to our bed because he has started rotating while he sleeps. The other night I woke up to him turned completely perpendicular in the bassinet and his head against the rails. Hence, the move to the crib. But he's still turning perpendicular in his sleep. No rolling over, not yet, thank goodness, since he still sleeps swaddled up and I'd freak if he flipped in the night. (I know the rolling will happen soonish, and we'll have to address the situation, but he's really not ready to sleep unswaddled. He even naps in his double swaddles still.)
Totally haphazard post, I apologize.
Please know I am reading along with all of your blogs, and I'm thrilled to hear of so many BFPs of late, and also the arrival of some beautiful rainbows, or the very very soon to be arriving rainbows... Missing all of your babies too, I know this month is difficult for all of us, with the holidays and the emptiness that is there no matter what. If you've sent me a card, or a present for Owen, or an ornament for Otis, please know that this means the world to me, and I am finally feeling like I might be able to send a note of gratitude in the next month or so as I emerge from the craziness of these first three months with Owen here. I said it so many times in my earlier blog posts - I am eternally grateful for all of you who walk this path with me. I miss connecting more regularly with you all, but please know I think of you and your children often.