Saturday, January 28, 2012

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The Honeymoon Is Over

After Claire was born, I received some wise advice from my then-visiting teacher.  She explained that the first child was the "honeymoon baby," meaning that with the first baby, you can sleep when the baby sleeps, it's still pretty easy to get out of the house, and you can just spend time enjoying that first little one (when they aren't screaming to be fed or changed, that is).  She encouraged me to really enjoy my time with one child, because it would never be the same again.  

A month into my experience of being a mother of two, I am understanding what she meant.  I don't think I've ever been so tired in my life.  I've had a constant, dull headache for a month now.  My temperament leans towards the...ahem...cranky side.   Basically, I feel like this all the time:

Henry is a beautiful baby.  I kinda have a little bit of a crush.

But he's definitely different than Claire was.  While Claire was extremely mild-mannered, Henry can get pretty grumpy.  And he's more hands-on.  The boy likes to be held, whereas Claire was not a snuggly baby. The fact that he's got a different temperament than Claire is not a surprise to us.  But it does take a little getting used to.

But things are getting better.  He's gradually sleeping a little more, though he's certainly not eating less.

And how is Claire dealing with the change in our household?  She's doing okay.  She's really great with Henry.  She loves to help, especially when it comes to getting things like diapers or offering her brother his "placifier."  But she has gotten more possessive over me.  She gets sad when I can't do things for her or with her.  Adam's help is rarely acceptable; she always wants Mommy to do it.  The new battle is at the grocery store:  she never wanted to sit in the seat in the front of the cart.  But now that Henry's car seat/carrier needs to be placed in the front of the cart, that's the ONLY place Claire wants to be.    But I know that this, too, will pass.  

While the honeymoon is great, it is certainly not the peak of happiness in any relationship, whether in a marriage or in parenting.  I'm looking forward to the time when Henry gives us his first smiles and coos, when he and Claire can really interact and play.  That's when the real enjoyment will begin.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

The Princess and the Peanut

I've been calling Claire "peanut" for a little while now.  But one night a few weeks ago, after referring to her as peanut, she stopped me.  She explained "I'm a princess.  Henry can be the peanut."  

When my sister, Beth, had her second child, I consistently gave her a hard time because she never posted pictures on her blog.  I just wanted to see my new niece!  And now, a month has passed since little Henry joined our family, and I am painfully aware of my lack of blog updates.  And now I understand why my sister didn't update her blog on a regular basis.  These pictures were all taken within Henry's first two weeks.  

This is Claire holding her brother for the first time, two days after we brought him home from the hospital.

Claire wasted no time explaining to Henry about the intricacies of her My Little Pony collection:  their names, what they like to do, etc.

This is the second time Claire got to hold her brother.  When he started to cry, instead of getting flustered, she just wanted to know "what's wrong with my baby?"

Oh my gosh.  We have kidS.  Emphasis on the "s" at the end of that last word.  (Please don't mind the messy bed, nightstand, etc.  It's kind of how things roll around here lately.)

Sunday, January 1, 2012

My Un-famous Comeback

Hey check out my new blog I'm making this year to document my fitness comeback. I hoping that by documenting it, y'all will keep me honest:

Harper Turns 3!

We sure love this little girl, and we were excited to wish her a happy birthday.  But, of course, this little sassafrass decided to have so...