Tuesday, November 11, 2008

A Myriad of Things .... and a few pictures to keep you happy!

I am so glad to be able to post! It has been a long time, I know. I used to spend time blogging after Lena went to bed. Now, when Lena goes to bed, our evening hours are spent cuddling, tickling and keeping awake our little one month old!
Yes, there are definitely some scary moments when the two girls are together!!
I LOVE having two girls. Yes, there are times when I am so tired, I wonder if I will make it until naptime. There are times when I feel like all I am doing during the day is changing diapers. But that all pales in comparison with the joy I have in my heart with the addition of Shana.
spending time with Daddy
Lena and I are having so much fun introducing Shae Shae to all of our "traditions." We hold her hands together so she can thank God with us for Lena's food. We bring her onto the couch to snuggle under our red blanket and read with us. In the car, since the days and nights are colder, we now have two blankets. Each girl gets one, and Lena is especially thrilled by this.

Lena has more jobs around the house too. She has to straighten her room and throw away all the diapers that need to go into the trash. She holds the clean diapers while I am changing Shana. She has to walk more when we are out.

I have to admit, I haven't gone out by myself with the two girls too much yet. It seems a little daunting, but I'm sure I'll get there!
Napping is great! Shana takes three naps during the day. During nap number one, Lena and I eat breakfast together, and then Lena goes to her room for quiet reading time. I then get an hour to myself ;-) Nap number two is my favorite, because Lena naps and I nap too! During nap number three, I try to make dinner and we eat.

Nighttime is a little more challenging. She has skipped her 1:30am - 2:00 am feeding so often that I am pushing that a little bit more. However, Lena is right across the hall, and I don't want two girls awake. I'm hoping we can get her just eating once at night without too much fuss!
The housekeeping I've been able to accomplish is minimal! I am trying to keep it in perspective. In the morning, if I get the dishwasher emptied, and all three of us dressed I am happy. By afternoon, as long as the floors are vaccuumed, and dinner is cooked I am happy. By evening, if I have been coherent enough to talk to my hubby about his day, I am happy.

I have a question for moms with baby slings/carriers. I have the ultimate baby wrap, and have put Shae in it, but I am still scared to go completely hands free. She seems secure, but I don't know, her head just seems a little floppy in it. Does anyone have a sling that you just LOVE? Does anyone have the Moby wrap? Shopping season is coming, and I'd love to be able to push Lena in the stroller or cart while wearing Shana.

Ok - half of my quiet reading time hour is up ... love to you all. Mwah!!


Bluestocking said...

Hey Bev,

Glad you are doing well. Don't know anything about baby wraps though. But I think I've seen what your talking about. Babies are floopy in it. Most moms I see usually keeep a supporting hand on.

But just so you know, I'll be having a giveaway on my blog for a devotional book. I believe its about starting out your day right. I'll be reviewing it first.


Just wonderful. The girls are doing great. The baby is all wide eyes with wonder and happiness. I remember last time with Selena and this time will pass just as quickly. I hope you find the right baby sling. It would probably help all of you if you are able to get out some. The fresh air makes them more sleepy when it is nap time. Happy days, Bev. You are doing great!!! connie

Tera said...

With Brynna, I used a Hot Sling and loved it...could definitely go hands free. It held her in a cradled position with her head inside the sling when she was little. You can find them for about $40 on ebay. You have to order by specific size. I had a size 2...I would guess you are probably the same?

Anonymous said...

Just had to say that Shana is so beautiful! Hope to see you guys soon.

Erin said...

What beautiful girls!! You are a blessed mama :-) I love my fleece pouch from www.lucky-baby.com, especially in the winter. Its warm and cozy, and keeps baby well snuggled.

Maxine said...

I didn't realize you had posted all these pictures. Glad I didn't steal the wrong one. Have fun--don't worry about the cobwebs. You guys are grown and sometimes I still don't worry about them! mama

Stacy said...

So beautiful, your sweet girls! :)

My wrap picks:
For the first few months: Moby Wrap. It's stretchy, comfy, and cozy for little one and mama. (It does take a bit of practice to learn to tie it on, but only one or two times...)

For six months and beyond: The Ergo Baby Carrier. Super comfy and we both love it. :) (Expensive, but worth every penny!)

If you have any more questions about either one of them, let me know!


Sara said...

I smiled when I saw you updated on your blog. =) Lovely pictures...Shana is changing every day! I am glad you are adjusting to have another little one in your household.


Patti said...

Congratulations on your new little treasure!! She's a beauty. And I know she's captured your hearts.

Patti (Ella's mom)

Jodi said...

No words of wisdom on the wraps ... I've always used the little "pouch" Snugli carriers. Wraps weren't the thing when I started (shh - 18 years ago!). ;o)

I was really just looking at your cutie pies! What adorable little girls you have. And it sounds like Lena is quite the helper and a great big sister. :o)

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Cathy said...

Your little girls are so pretty. You are a busy Mom. You seem to be on a good schedule. I'm glad you have a little helper.

Baptist Girl said...

You are blessed with a beautiful family Bev. They are blessed with you.


Mimi said...

what a wonderful, wonderful time for you...teaching Lena how to be a helper and how to love her sibling, as she helps to care for her...

I know there are scary times as the big sister wants to hold and take care of baby sister...but somehow they survive and are much the better for it...

they are sooooo very cute together...

You are truly blessed.

Anonymous said...

I so much loved the photos of your two girls - they are so precious. Wishing you a lot of strength with your hands full of work and less sleep - a friend of mine has two boys just the same age and they keep her soooo busy ;-)
Sending a hug - loved to see that you were over at my blog.