How do you help someone with a newborn?

I am soooo loving my time here, taking care of my nephew and getting to know him. My poor sister has to get up every 3 hours to feed him, so she’s not getting much sleep. We all take turns watching him when he’s not feeding so that Jenny can get some sleep, but there are 4 of us right now (Jenny, Chuck, Chuck’s mom, and me.) Sometimes, I feel like I’m not doing enough – when all of us are sitting watching one baby, what should I be doing?

They have people bringing them food from their church but I’m going by the store today to get some food just to stock their pantry. I figure it can’t hurt.

I’m taking their dog to get a bath and then bringing her home today (she’s been staying at my aunt’s.)

Yesterday I made their bed after Jenny complained that she would never have time to make her bed again. I also straightened up their house, dusted, vaccuumed and Febreezed everything. I’ve been helping with laundry and Chuck’s mom cleaned the kitchen and she will clean the bathrooms.

I do feel like I’m helping. I just want to make sure I’m doing everything I can. I’ve never had a baby before so I don’t always know what’s needed – and I’m in their home, eating their food, taking up space in their 2-bedroom apartment, so I want to make sure I’m doing everything I can! So, those who have children, what have I not thought of doing?

The best part is, hands down, getting to know Cai. I freakin love that child.

My grandmother, Mia, holding Cai. Jenny is the tired mom with the bright smile, and me, the proud aunt!
My grandmother, Mia, holding Cai. Jenny is the tired mom with the bright smile, and me, the proud aunt!