Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Sometimes you have to let them cry

This was some very wise advice given to me by a mom of five last Friday that pretty much sums up my weekdays now that Blake is back at work.

I don't like hearing my kids cry, who does? But it has become a fact of life. Mostly it is Grace very much acting like a terrible two, who never gets the attention she wants, and gets into everything when she isn't screaming. But when she gets into something I have to say no, or take it away and we go right back to screaming.

There are good times, thankfully it isn't literally the whole day, but it is truly a large portion of what I call grumpy Grace times. I'm hoping she adjusts to the baby brother and no dad during the day life quickly.

On the other hand Remington also has to have some crying times where I am getting Grace water or changing her diaper or stopping her from hurting herself during tantrums. He is generally a great, calm baby, but he lets you know when he is hungry or needs a diaper change and sometimes that coresponds to when she needs something.

I wish I could be everything to both kids as soon as they need me... But I can't, and it was nice to be told it is okay for them to be unhappy for some of the day.

  Mostly random pictures, but the one where Blake is wearing a Jersey is from Remmy's first Ducks game at 3 weeks old. He was great! Slept through the first two periods and nursed during the third.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Life with Two

Mostly a picture post, especially since I am typing this on my phone.

Remington is three weeks old tomorrow, and my last post was my birth story, so I'm in need of an update.

He is a good baby, and as long as he is fed regularly he is content and quiet or asleep in between. After a few harder nights, he figured out the idea of sleeping through bigger chunks at night, so we are only getting up once in the night to feed him plus the right before bed feeding and the first thing in the morning feed.

Grace was great as long as Blake was home, and loves her brother a lot, frequently giving him kisses or wanting to pat his head or giving him stickers. When Blake is gone, I get to deal with tantrums, not fun.

She is obviously doing them for attention. For example, yesterday I left the room during one of them, and she stopped crying long enough to relocate to the kitchen ( where I was) and promptly laid down and started crying again.

Though I was nervous about my first day without Blake, I would say yesterday was 80% good, with two supermom moments. One was one handed breastfeeding him while getting our lunch ready with the other hand, and the other was having all three of us take a nap together on the couch.

I'm adjusting, and hopefully Grace will throw less tantrums, and we will all find a new rhythm together.

As for the pictures, because they are loaded from my phone, there will be no captions and I think they will be smaller too. Enjoy them. :)