Just Life

Settling In.

Carole had a great prompt today about all the things we do to get our homes ready for fall. Swapping out pillows and candles and other “decor”, planting pansies and chyrsanthemums in place of the very tired petunias in the front pots, putting the comforter back on the bed, stocking the pantry with split peas, pumpkin, chicken broth and oatmeal. Yep all of that. But not yet. I’m glad fall doesn’t really arrive around here for another few weeks (at least). I have plenty of time to help Katie & Rob settle in at home with little Charlie.
They were discharged yesterday evening (turns out the insurance companies are actually serious about “48 hours” for the baby; I’m really grateful Charlie wasn’t born at 2 am!) and their first night home wasn’t very restful. I stopped by at lunchtime – this was Holly’s first visit and I know “inquiring minds want to know.” She didn’t bark at him once. Nope, not even a growl. She’s certainly curious about what all he’s up to, but she’s not jealous…more protective I think.

We came back a few hours later for dinner (I cooked-ish! taco salads…definitely need to up my game in the meal department). Holly was still on her best behavior and Charlie napped like a pro. The arm up is a thing with Katie, and with Marc… it must be genetic, right?

I left as he was waking up for his evening meal. I hope he rests this peacefully for at least an hour or two tonight. I know they could use some sleep!

p.s. blond hair!


  • Kym

    Oh. The sweetness! (But I still remember those first days – and nights – without sleep and without a clue.) Enjoy every moment, Mary. He is beautiful!

  • Carole Julius

    He is just beautiful and so sweet. Like Kym, I remember those early days of sleep deprivation. I hope he settles into an easy routine for them soon. They are so lucky to have you close by for help!

  • Lydia

    I like this twist on settling in [for fall]. I can't wrap my head around anything fall while it's still hitting the 90s. So proud of Holly-she knows he's part of her pack and her job is to protect the pack. Genetic-I'm thinking so- Steve sleeps that way-I've been elbowed ALOT with that arm, and it's always the right arm too!

  • margene

    Thank goodness you're nearby to help with the cooking and care of things while the new family settles into a routine and starts to understand what this gig is all about. Holly is a sweet, smart girl.

  • Patty

    Hello Charlie! It's so great that you're close! Doug had to leave (I know!) the day Dan came home but my Mom was there for 5 days and it was just perfect. The early days are so special.

  • Honoré

    Holly's such a dear and Charlie's so lucky to have her watch over him. Charlie looks so peaceful, content…right at home. Right. At. Home. I'm sure K and R will get used to a new rhythm and your cooking will improve, a lot! Enjoy every blessed moment.