Sunday, October 31, 2010
We've always lived far away from family, so I've never had the luxury of help when I've had to play Single Mom. But let me tell you, having an extra pair of hands sure is nice! Nana read books, retrieved pacifiers, baked muffins, played catch, cuddled my baby, cleaned my kitchen, swept the floors, babysat, and sang approximately 8,546,332 bedtime songs. She even made Vance a double batch of his favorite snack mix. I don't have many pictures of Nana from this weekend, but that's probably because she wasn't sitting still much.
For a lot of women, the word "mother-in-law" is enough to start a full on vent session. There's something about two women from different families suddenly being thrown in together that seems to be a pretty consistent recipe for trouble. All of which makes me feel grateful for my mother-in-law. That gratefulness has only increased after losing my own mother. Claudia doesn't criticize me or try to control my husband. She doesn't undermine my attempts at running my household, even though I'm pretty new at this and I make lots of mistakes she wouldn't. She isn't shocked when my children disobey, or when our family doesn't look like anything Norman Rockwell would want to paint. She doesn't try to replace my mom, but she does treat me like family. She loves my children so much that I can't help but love her back, and thank God for giving our family such a wonderful woman.
So thank you, Mom. Not just for doing my chores this week--but for loving all of us so unconditionally. You can come stay anytime :).
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Friday, October 15, 2010
"A baby in a basket"...is irresistably adorable, it turns out.
And before I hear it from all you "back to sleep" people: don't worry, she sleeps on her back at night. But I do let her nap on her tummy, because A) it looks so comfy, and she likes it, and B) it's better for their physical development. So she gets to nap this way, since I can go check on her and make sure--in true neurotic mother style--that she's still breathing :)
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Since I had such an easy delivery, our hospital stay was more about getting alone time with Evie, and less about actually recovering...
I really liked it better that way :)
Where else but at the hospital do you get to spend a whole day sitting in bed, staring at your new little love?
She's going to kill me for this one when she's sixteen...oh, well.
I wondered if the older kids would feel shy or reserved when they met their little sister. Not a bit of it. They both jumped in like pros.
We're still working on taking turns with the baby, and not smothering the baby with affection, but I'd rather them be over-excited than underwhelmed by our new sweetie.
Checking to make sure all body parts are here and accounted for