Meet my new nephew, McKinley Donovan; his grandpa's already calling him Big Mac, I'm partial to 'Kinley, but even Poopy Butt is endearing at certain times.
I spent the weekend helping my sister, the mother of a newborn -- that's right up there with being the mother of a newborn on the sleep depravation chart, but without the preceding labor and delivery, the c-section recovery, the nursing... Okay, it isn't even close! However, I am now well aware that it isn't all food all the time on the Food Channel -- in the wee, wee hours of the morning, it's Lauren Hutton makeup and Kenny Rogers Superstars of Country infomercials. Perhaps it was my dozing-with-a-newborn daze, but both products looked pretty darn good!
'Kinley went on his first outing to the farmer's market on Saturday and met one of last week's birthday aunties. On Saturday afternoon, the grrs helped me unpackage onesies and sleepers, blankets and burp cloths, and ready them for the laundry. While my sister had an afternoon rest, the little man rested, too, while I sorted cards, gift bags, tissue paper -- tried to do a few little things around the house.
Originally, I'd intended to just stay overnight on Friday, but it was clear that my presence was very reassuring to my sister and I stayed over on Saturday, too. The little guy is a mighty arm-twister, too! I can still recall the relief I felt when my mom came to visit when Kt was six weeks old -- Oh.My.God, you can DO that? How much more relaxed might I have been if she'd been able to visit a little sooner? I know that's what I was able to do for my sister -- her eyes just about popped out of her head a few times, even the swift change of a diaper (I haven't lost my touch -- is it like riding a bicycle?) was noted. Yeah, the little guy is fragile and you've got to be careful, but he's not made of glass.
Oh, lookit, it's a Tanguy hat and it fits perfectly! They were all beside themselves with the cuteness of that hat on an actual baby head! My BIL wants one for himself and, really, he didn't even drop a hint, he just came right out and asked if he could have one for Christmas. Thanks to Kate and her wonderful pattern with sizes from newborn to XL adult, I'll be able to grant that request. One of 'Kinley's big brothers is an excellent candidate for such a hat, as well, so there will likely be an array of coordinating Tanguy hats adorning heads this winter!
On Sunday, we took 'Kinley to Target to return one of the many breast pumps that my BIL had brought home from an emergency shopping excursion on Friday. We had one to return to ToysRUs, also, but Target was enough for the little man!
It was a great weekend, I wish I could have stayed a week. There were tears. They'll be coming up here next week, though.
The photo of 'Kinley's feet has already been made my computer wallpaper; Ai has one photo of him as wallpaper on her new camera phone and another as the screen saver! Ai passed her old phone, temporarily, to Mdd. It may or may not be replaced by the new phone that I acquired last week -- my first cell phone! I could not resist downloading Billy Joel's New York State of Mind as my ringtone... Yeehaw, I'm going to NYC in two days! (I should probaby axe the "Yeehaw" before I go, huh?)