Wednesday, 5 August 2009

So far, so hectic.. I mean, Good

These last four days have just raced by. Lucy came over on Sunday afternoon to help us out, and have a play with Jackson, and this was a great help through Monday, when I had jobs to do at home. It was chaos once Olga and Lara came home at 6pm - who gets fed first? Who bathes Lara and puts her to bed, who's going to walk Mishka? Watch out for that puddle of pee!!
I slept downstairs in the lounge with Jackson on Sunday and Monday nights, and Olga stayed with him last night. That way we could let him out of his 5-foot by 5-foot pen, and he slept on the floor by the sofa, until 5.30am in my case - up considerably earlier than Lara! He'd play for an hour or so, then it was time for another nap, before the rest of the house got up.
Tonight we've decided that Mishka can stay up with him in the lounge. Jackson is secured in his pen - he is crying, but we have expected that, and we'll just see how long is goes on for. He's perfectly OK, we've left him in his pen for around 3 hours on a couple of occasions now, say to go to the supermarket like today, and when we've come home, he's been quietly sitting in his pen, or dozing, so we don't think we're doing him any harm by leaving him alone (or at least with Mishka) tonight.
We had our first proper family "play" in the back garden this morning, it was great; the photos are in the new Picassa album, below.
Lara loves Jackson, she's been sooo happy to see him when she's come home from nursery. I need to get the video camera ready to record it. Tomorrow, perhaps. We're careful to always be close by when she wants to pick him up, she hasn't quite mastered how to pick him up safely yet. But she gives him kisses before the rest of us get any.
Mishka's reaction is perhaps the most surprising, and most interesting. He's absolutely calm around Jackson, I really wasn't expecting that. I like to think that it's because he's spent nearly two years around Lara, and the last 12 months of that she's been pestering him to play, pulling his fur, grabbing his nose and suchlike, that he's just used to the attentions of little kids. Jackson will try to get him to play, and mostly Mishka just ignores him, although increasingly we see that he will take the bait and games of chase get started.
Well, Olga and I are both shattered, I could have gone to bed before Lara tonight, but I'm still here at 11.40pm, and Jackson is still letting me know he's not asleep yet. It might be another broken night. Maybe Jackson and Lara can syncronise their waking up? Lara slept through the night for the first time in weeks last night, although she has teeth popping out everywhere, and it's very humid outside. Hopefully she'll gives us a good night's sleep and then we only have to listen out for Jackson! We've decided against using our spare baby monitor to listen to him, he'd keep us awake, but we are leaving our bedroom door open in case he gets really upset and wakes us up from two floors below!
Enjoy the photos...

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