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Monday, May 27, 2013

Our Life as Brothers

Brothers are family,
And brothers are friends, 

Brothers stick together,
Brothers have no end, 

Brothers part from time to time,
But come together again,

And be thereselves,
No need to pretend,

Brothers are family,
And brothers are friends, 

Brothers stick together,
BROTHERS have no end... 

By Brandon Sigourney

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Settling In

I feel that I can say I have settled in to my new role as a mom of two. Jonathan just turned three weeks old and between my husband's few days off, grandmothers cycling through for another week and my sister visiting for nine days, I am just starting to care for both boys all by myself. I am grateful for the help I received (especially from my husband in the mornings and evenings) which allowed me to spend many more quiet moments with the new baby than I expected. My husband is started a new job, technically his old job, next week and won't be working from home anymore so that may be a whole new definition of "long day" for me.

As most moms know, Jonathan wakes up for his first morning feeding around 5:30-6am and then goes back to sleep for a few hours…unless big brother wakes him up. This allows me to be with William once he wakes up between 6-6:30am, watch 30 minutes of one of his shows and have breakfast. I have been trying to run laundry, clean up, etc during this time because it is William's best time of day in terms of being content playing on his own and being calm. As far as sleep goes, the rest of the day is just a toss up. If they both nap at the same time, I try to also. I am very grateful for the sleep I do get at night because there have been several days that I have not napped and felt pretty good. Yes, I am always in bed by 10pm, usually 9pm :). Two nights ago it was 8:40pm!

A big change this time around is that when I feed Jonathan at this first morning feeding, sometimes I get him dressed for the day (in his first outfit at least) because sometimes we leave for an activity before he wakes up. He is not a big fan of the car. William slept all the time in the car but Jonathan spends more time awake and isn't always happy. So this prevents me from waking him to change him. Yes I have brought him out in pajamas, but it has been so hot that he would cry from being uncomfortable the last few days. Jonathan is sleeping in our room which is where I keep him in the morning and try to keep William away. I wish I had taught him the concept of whispering before the baby was born…

So we are doing the activities we used to do before baby, but I am not putting pressure on myself to stay out all morning, etc., just taking it day by day.

More pictures coming soon!

Monday, May 13, 2013

It's a BOY!

 Jonathan Paul
April 27, 2013
9lbs 5oz
21 inches long

A fast five hours from my first contraction until birth
7cm dilated when arrived at the hospital
Extra bag of epidural fluid needed to ease pain/discomfort

One proud big brother who was more interested his second visit
One set of very excited parents
One mother who could have sworn she was having a girl…but didn't!

Two weeks of getting life back on track as a family of four
Too little time to myself to spend it blogging -- I just want to sleep
Endless feelings of being torn between my boys already (but I am working on that)