This past sunday the box of things made it from Marlowe’s room to the front door. Today, I felt almost human again and decided I wanted to do a bit more. If you didn’t know (I’m pretty sure you don’t, except maybe if you’ve been following my whining on twitter), I’m pretty much done weaning Marlowe. We’re on day four of no breastfeeding and my body is pissed about it and revolting in all ways. I’ve been miserable for days now… it has not been pleasant. (But we’re doing it! And Marlowe has been FANTASTIC! So yeah, anyway… I didn’t feel like I had been run over by a train today and I wanted to do something good. I separated all of Marlowe’s items (pjs, dresses, t-shirts, and so on) and started making care packages. All together I was able to make seven little bundles of goods, each one containing (at least): one pj, two dresses, two shirts, one pair of pants, one pair of shoes, one hat, and pacifier and/or a toy of some sort. I was also able to make two bundles for “big girls” with dolls/teddy-bears, a book, and hair bows. I wrapped them each up in brown tissue paper and red yarn and placed them on the shelf above a sleeping, clueless, Marlowe. Tomorrow they will not be going to goodwill, or online, or to any store for extra money, but instead: to a women’s shelter. I am happy to be able to do a little more this holiday season and I hope these packages bring a little joy to a woman (and baby) in need.
1. packages, artwork in progress, and a new beautiful poster c/o miss igs
2. sorting, folding, stacking.
3. wait what is that? a baby that naps, during the day? yes! the past few weeks we’ve been able to figure out a schedule that includes: nap time, a no cry bedtime, an early (but not unreasonably early) morning wake up, and no nursing… except for one, in the morning. It’s been fabulous.
More than anything, I’m really looking forward to the day when Marlowe will be able to understand, take part, and share joy in giving.