Based on this news we are definitely going to be reading up and preparing our home and our hearts to receive these children. We got a great book written by Angel Rutledge on Liberian adoption and how to prepare for our children's homecoming. I'm almost finished reading it and it is going to be a HUGE help! I'm so thankful to Angel for writing it.
Benjamin is almost 5 months old now and I forgot how much babies change in the first 12 months. Once we get into a routine it changes! In the first 2 months or so I rocked Benjamin to sleep, sometimes nursed him to sleep but not often. The next 2 months or so I would either nurse him to sleep or put him in one of my carrier's until he fell asleep and only occasionally put him down sleepy but not asleep yet and he would fall asleep on his own. Now we have morphed to me putting him down sleepy but awake most of the time. It is either he fusses with me until he falls asleep or he fusses in his bed for a few minutes and then falls asleep. Bottom line it seems, is that when Benjamin is sleepy, he needs to go to sleep. He gets lots of cuddles all the time but when he is sleepy I put him to bed and he may fuss for a few minutes and then he goes to sleep. It seems to be what he needs. If I try and rock him he fusses for longer. The crying he does when I put him down is very low-toned and cranky. Not high-pitched wailing for me to get him. If it ever is, I go and get him. I never let him fuss more than a few minutes. I can kind of tell what he needs by the way he sounds. It's pretty neat.
So all that to say, it is getting easier. 5 months later. This has been a really hard adjustment for me! Every month it gets easier! I hate it that it is so hard and that I look forward to him getting older because I want to just relax and enjoy his babyhood because I know it goes by so fast. But the reality is, the second I relax, everything falls apart. I have so many balls to juggle. So I have to learn to enjoy him as a baby at the same time that I am managing my other three boys, homeschooling, cooking and managing all that goes into keeping up with the house. It is really a lot but lots of other mamma's do it, so I can figure out how to do it too!
Hopefully I can post pictures later!