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8 Weeks

Yesterday, Victor hit the two-month mark.  It's hard for me to believe that time has passed by so quickly.   I look back at pictures of him from the day he was born and can remember it like it was yesterday.   Then again, it can also feel like years ago.  He's outgrown most of his newborn clothes, which means that I have a big project this weekend - organizing his closet and drawers again.  I've started a tote of 0-3 month clothes that he's outgrown to put in storage until he gets a little brother (which will happen eventually...just not right away - I'm still adjusting to having ONE baby in the house!), and have a pile of 3-6 month clothes that I have yet to hang up and take off tags.  Lots to do!

Victor is reaching all kinds of milestones - many of which I haven't been home for.  That makes me sad, knowing that I may be at work for his first word, first steps, first stitches (okay, I could do without seeing those...I don't like blood).  Going back to work is difficult both emotionally and physically.  I'm exhausted by the time I get home, and that's when I have to start job number 2 - wife and mother.  Billy is great when it comes to helping with housework while he's home, but after an 8-hour day and then 5 hours as Mr. Mom (which just so happens to be one of our favorite movies... http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0085970/ ), he's more than ready for a reprieve by the time I get home.  Once again, experiencing motherhood is reminding me of all the little things I need to apologize to my mother for - growing up, I can remember not understanding why Mom didn't have my wants at the forefront - granted, my needs were always met - but my wants were behind chores, work, and her own sanity.  I can only imagine how it'll feel once Victor can ask for things with words!

Speaking of talking, our little man has started cooing up a storm.  He's forming little words all of the time, like "gchrumt" and "aabgrhn".  He talks a lot in the bathtub, when he's nursing (with his mouth full, mind you), and when I'm putting him into his car seat.  His teacher at baby-school told us that he's been talking a lot there, too.   Now that I'm not crying when I drop him off in the mornings, I'm taking notice of the other kids with whom he's "in class".  One of the kids (these names aren't their real names, since I don't know their parents) who we'll call "Sam" is exceptionally interesting to Billy & I.  Whenever we see him, he's either sleeping or crying - both of which he does always with a pacifier in his mouth and in the "starfish" position (arms and legs extended out, hands wide open but with the tips of his fingers curled to make "angry hands").  Victor only does the "starfish" when he's startled...Sam seems to be perpetually in this position.   There's a little girl there who has her ears pierced and darling little curls.  We'll call her "Karen".   The other morning, I took Victor in to baby-school, and placed him in one of the bouncy-seats on the floor.  Sam was in a crib to Victor's left, and Karen was in the walker just in front of him.  Victor looked at Sam with his brow furrowed - it looked like he was truly concerned for his friend.  I walked over to put his backpack in his drawer, and when I returned to where Victor was, he had shifted positions - he had his elbow on the chair's strap, his fist against his jaw, and his head slightly tilted.  He was looking at Karen with a "how you doin'" expression.   Ah...my little boy the lady-killer and his wingman Sam.  Sixteen years from now, lock up your daughters...

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