Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Week one

So we actually brought our two new babies home same day, this being the other one:


(I know, I should have got a glistening in the sun by the ocean photo for better effect.)  But she's a beauty.  And so technologically savvy.

Actually how it happened was I just got home from the hospital.  Within about 5 minutes Ryan told me he had to go pick up the new car and he was leaving me with all the kids - for about 4-5 hours since he'd have to take the train down to get it since we couldn't all fit in our car - and he couldn't take all the car seats with him, so all the kids were staying with me.  So much for easing back into things and into life with 4 kids!  Within a couple of hours I called and told him I was about to pass out and we would be watching tv for the rest of the night. :)

Then Monday Ryan went back to work and I was by myself for two days until my sister got here.  When Ryan got home, his comments were all about how tired he was and how there are so many demands on him at work. (Like I would feel sympathetic for him???)  It was even funnier because, I told him, "I just read in my book today that 'preschoolers typically demand that their caretakers deal with some kind of need or desire at an average rate of three times a minute.' And I have three of them. Plus a newborn."  Yeah, top that Mr. work-is-so hard.  :)

That must be why one of the highlights of last week was when a nice friend dropped off some food for dinner - the boys and Ryan were out at the moment, and before they came back, I hurried and piled up my own plate, sat on the couch and watched entertainment tv while I ate my dinner - all by myself.  It is so rare that I eat anything that I haven't had to prepare myself, and then to sit and actually enjoy it without having to fight over it and feed a whole table full of other mouths was seriously a heavenly few minutes.

I also had to laugh when he came home because he got home really late that night and was telling me good job that I even had the kids all in their pajamas on my first day alone.  I should have gracefully accepted the compliment, only I couldn't hide my smile - that we really never got out of our pajamas that day.

I still am loving the baby stage this time so much more than with my others.  He's a great baby, plus I'm sure I just get it better than I did with the others. And he spends much of his time like this:




Typically Ryan and I can't wait for the baby phase to be over (mostly so we can just get some sleep), but this time I don't want him to grow out of it!  It's so much fun. And messy.  Man, I forgot how messy babies are.  I've had explosive poops all over me, multiple pees on the couch, lots of clothes of mine in the wash with spit up on them, and complete wardrobe changes with every diaper.

Now if only Phoenix didn't get a raging case of pink eye the day after we came home from the hospital life would really be great.  And now he has a fever and is throwing up.  Awesome.  That's the only real misery right now is my paranoia about the baby getting it. 



But we've had great people bringing food, helping take Cash to school, picking up things for me at the store - and even a friend who cleaned my house for me when I was 9 months pregnant.  (If you want to give someone a good present - that would be it.)  Everyone has been great.

Poor Ryan gets the shaft though having a birthday right after our babies.  I had good intentions, really.... sorry hubby. At least  you got a full night's sleep for your birthday!  Value wise, that's really a pretty hot commodity if you think about it....

Speaking of which, I am so tired that every time I wake up I have two overwhelming emotions.  Where in the heck am I????  Is always the first thing that comes to mind. I just crash so hard I have no idea where I am or what I should be doing, sometimes I even wonder if I'm still in college.  Then the second is when I remember where I am and go into complete panic about where in the world is the baby and have I slept for 5 hours and totally forgotten about him?????  Bizarre.  Speaking of sleep, do other people wake their babies up in the night to feed them?  I asked a friend the other day how long you have to keep up this feed every 2-3 hours business since I'm so tired.  She was like, "You mean, you wake your babies up at night?"  I was like, um....I thought I was supposed to.  Isn't that what they have you do in the hospital?  But then it sounded a little ridiculous to me too, like yeah, why would I really be doing that in the middle of the night?




Here's Cash "reading" a book to the baby - showing him photos of when he was a baby and telling Diesel how much he looks like him.  :)







And a few awake photos:




Little Diesel even had his first face-time on the iPhone the other night.  Man, my kids get more advanced each time.

18 comments:

todd & nicole said...

He is so adorable. I've never woke up my babies at night. Just let him sleep and see when he wants to eat.

AnnaMarie said...

Ok, Diesel is already awesome. He is so cute! And a good sleeper...score! I'm glad things seem to be going so well and hope it continues. I'm glad you have some good support there, too. No way do I wake up babies at night. It's not like they're going to starve...he'll wake up when he needs to eat.

Spar-Mar Girl said...

I'm probably tainted on this issue. I never woke up my first two, but with three and four I totally did. The result-numbers three and four slept through the night by 6 weeks old and were much happier babies.

Also, if it makes you feel any better, Molly will have to eat through the night probably until she's one year old. If she doesn't eat every ML in her bottle I get a lecture from our home health nurse about how much missing just a few cc's a bottle can affect her health and weight gain.

I think that giving stability for the first month to month and a half makes this WAYYYYYYY easier down the road, so it's worth doing. Just my two cents worth.

He's ADORABLE by the way! good job Mommy!

Anonymous said...

Hooray for staying in pajamas all day! Very smart move under the circumstances. I am so grateful you have had such good help. It will be great to have Shauna there, and I will see you next week!

Such wonderful photos - he does indeed look like Cash.

xoxocyh

Shannon said...

So beautiful.

Shannon said...

As long as he is gaining weight let yourselves sleep. What a blessing.

Geoff and Bets said...

i didnt realize you were there alone for two days! i thought there were no gaps- as soon as ryan went to work your sister was going to be there. im soooo sorry. why in the heck didnt you call.

Jess said...

I never woke a sleeping baby. I figured their own tummy will alert them to wake.

Jenilee said...

Welcome to the mini van world. Looks good. I never wake up my babies to eat at night, but I do wake them up during the day when it is time to eat. I am a very schedule oriented person.

Laurie Jones said...

Oh, he is so sweet!! I love the newborn stage. And NO never wake your babies up at night. I only wake them up every three hours during the day. Have fun with your new sweet baby.

Tennille said...

Looks like we have the same van, color and everything. Cool!

My pediatrician always told me to wake babies until they reached 9 pounds. With the first three kids, that was by their two-week appt. With the twins, it was MUCH longer. With Diesel, he's probably already there. He's adorable!

Safire said...

We were told to wake the baby until they hit 9lbs too...first one born that way and it took my twins MUCH longer to reach that point. For what it's worth, the first one was the worst sleeper ever and my twins angels compared to her.

PS- If you're nursing, breast milk in the eye is the best thing for pink eye. Yep, true.

Chadlee said...

Wow, he looks so much like Ryan. It does not sound fun taking care of four little ones. That was funny what you said about you guys staying in your pajamas. Well, he looks like a bundle of sweetness, and so peaceful. I hope he doesn't get the sickness from Phoenix and you all stay healthy. Congrats on the new car, too, that is so exciting!

Tania said...

He is absolutely BEAUTIFUL.

Never, ever wake a sleeping baby - in the night. Go ahead and wake him to feed in the daytime, but unless he's preemie or underweight or losing weight (more than 10% of his birth weight) just all of you get as much sleep as you can at night.

Amen to the breast milk in the eye for pink eye. Works like a charm.(Great for stuffy little noses too.)

Elizabeth Brannen said...

He is beautiful...and does look a lot like Cash! When ever I freak about having two I read your blog, and it does ease the nerves a little...thanks... :)

Melanie said...

He looks just like cash! What nice bookends. I love that comment about how you never got the kids out of their PJs and Ryan came home thinking you were so on top of things. Actually you are really on top of things. Why get dressed if you arent going anywhere just to redress for bed. Smart. As for waking the baby. If I ever have to do it again I will not wake the baby. The baby will wake me when it needs something. Cant wait for the next post!

Anonymous said...

You sure have a lot of smart friends. Imagine breastmilk in the eye for pink eye! That's amazing. Well, blog and learn... please tell me you didn't wake up TWO babies in the night to feed them-----you are an amazing, talented and capable skinny girl. Lots of love,

Aloha_Misty said...

Beautiful! Beautiful! Your pajama comment so made me laugh! Somedays it is just that way! I never wake my sleeping babies up. Sabrina slept 10 hours + a night at 2 weeks and Jacob slept through the night from 2 days until 4 months...Clara...she still doesn't always sleep through the night...I hope your still doing okay!