I'm at that stage of newborn with Gabriel...if you have kids or younger siblings you'll remember...nothing gets done. I mean nothing. If the family is fed and some laundry is done, and in our case, school is done, well then - all is good. Forget about extras like plucking eyebrows or vacuuming. Those things come later, once the baby learns about sleeping in increments that surpass 15 minute spans. Thing is - ninth time around I'm mostly okay with this. This time will pass, I'll never get it back, and I'll scarcely remember it when it's gone. Getting things done is over-rated, and I'm not going to spend my son's tiny days wishing that he were bigger so that the floors could be cleaner. (I've spent plenty of children's tiny days wishing exactly that, and I'm not going to do it again.) And yes, *disclaimer*, I do let Gabe sleep on his tummy when I'm in the room and am watching him.
The one thing I do get a plentitude of, and that is nursing baby and holding baby time. Along with cherishing baby time, and melting in his softness when I rub his head time, and rolling his bead-like toes between my fingers time, I've learned that I can do a few other things while sitting and feeding him.
I read. A lot. I've read...9 books in 3 weeks. (Actual novels, not just picture books, people!)
I write. For sheer pleasure, not for public consumption. I've written about the days leading up to Gabriel's birth. I've written down our family's feelings and the emotions surrounding his home-bringing, the reactions the small children had to his arrival...it's for Gabe but it's also for me. I don't want to forget. I love to write - there's so much to record in each day.
And for me, this last one might be the ultimate in multi-tasking. I've learned that I can also KNIT while feeding the baby. I'm sure that enterprising or creative mothers have already learned this long ago - but it's a new skill for me.
I'm delighted. Of course I'm making a sweater for him - it's out of a delightful, light-weight, soft merino blend by Debbie Mum.
It's coming along quickly, I already have the back and one side of the front finished.
LOVE the wavy texture, the color pathway in this yarn. I hope to finish the sweater up in the next week or so, then move on to a little hat and booties. (Not sure I can do DPNs (double pointed needles) though. It might turn out looking like I was DUI.)
Now for a little dose of reality. Here's the scene in front of my chair while I am feeding the baby and entertaining myself with a little bit of knitting. Consider it proof that a mother really can't do it all, nor should she necessarily try.
And the view to my side: