One morning, Chloe and I were hanging out on the bed chatting with my mom on FaceTime. Our FaceTime calls are usually calm for a minute before Desmond comes and takes over the phone. Grandma gets very dizzy as he bounces the camera around. That boy cannot stay still. Grandma doesn't mind though. She loves the energy.
This time, Desmond came in with a face that said "I'm falling apart!" Chloe was already nursing. I tensed up in anticipation of the battle and barrage of fists and slaps because I wasn't immediately available to nurse him. But something else happened. Grandma helped us through it.
Desmond started screaming for milk. Grandma asked, "well why can't he have milk at the same time?" It's not easy nursing Chloe and Desmond. Nursing Desmond and Chase was a breeze. Chase was such a calm nursling. He would carefully get into any position and nurse without wiggling or kicking or moving. He was so still. Desmond, is a hurricane. He bounds in, crashes into me, rolls over, bumps into me again. He is loud and the only time he's still is when he's sound asleep. It's challenging nursing Desmond by himself. Nursing him AND Chloe is almost too much.
When I started to say it was too difficult she asked Desmond "can you have milk and be calm?" Desmond responded with his usual "yeaaaah." Slightly whining but I could tell he understood the question and was willing to try. He leaned over me and nursed while Chloe was laying next to me latched. She thought it was hilarious that her big brother was looming over her and breastfeeding at the same time. She kept unlatching to coo and laugh, then she'd frantically look for the boob again. Periodically I would whimper from Desmond crushing my boob or elbowing my side. Grandma would give him reminders "Desmond, hold up your head, lean this way, lean that way, yeah like that" etc. so that I would be more comfortable. She also reminded me (gently) that Desmond wants to nurse too and sometimes it's too hard for him to wait.
When Desmond was done, she asked "Was that good Desmond?" And he responded with a resounding "yes!" Yes, that was fantastic Grandma. Thank you!