When Night Owl started going to highschool in 9th grade, Beany was a new born. That was a good year for Night Owl, but I imagine learning the new routines, making new friends, figuring out what various teachers wanted, etc. was all a bit stressful. Some days, he would come home from school and find Beany and just pick him up and hold him a while. It seemed to be a relaxing thing to do.
Now, with PJ, everyone recognizes the "thereputic properties" of holding a sleeping baby.
Is it the weight on the stressed-out person's chest?
The steady breathing?
The little baby noises?
The feeling that this little person is just so content to sleep in the arms of the one holding him?
I guess it could be any one or all of these things, but for whatever reason, everyone in the house seems to gravitate toward PJ - especially when he's sleeping.
For some, I literally have to argue why Mom gets to hold the baby too - and not just when he's crying!
Life gets a little tumultous for pre-teen girls! Who wants a stuffed animal when they can hold a peacefully sleeping baby!
Night Owl has a pretty intense schedule lately so he does less "just-sitting-and-holding-the-baby". He's more inclined to multi-task.
At the football banquet we recently attended, Dad was double-proud. Not only did the oldest receive awards, but the youngest looked darn cute sleeping on his shoulder. More therapy!
When the cousins were here this past weekend the excitement of it all was a little too much for Builder. At one point he came to me and said "Mom, I feel kinda hyper. Can I just hold PG for a while?" Therapy!
And then there's the "Looking out the window, watching the river while holding the baby" sort of therapy session. Jetter and I both prefer this one!
He really does more that sleep! The sleeping baby pictures were too precious to pass up though!