These past two weeks have flown by! We are still in the haze of newborn sleep patterns and trying to take care of the basics, but still doing really well! I’m still in the stage of focusing on resting and establishing a good nursing routine. After each baby, I try to take 6-8 weeks to rest and slowly adjust back into regular life. We have learned that it is better to take resting seriously at the beginning rather than to have things unravel because I tried to get back to normal too soon. It takes some discipline and patience. When I start feeling better, it is easy to do too much and then end up needing more time to rest and recover. So far, I have stayed committed to resting, but it is hard some days to stay still.
David’s mom stayed with us for a couple days, helping with the kids, housework, and the business – and, talk about a blessing, she potty-trained Stella while she was here! Stella is officially a “big girl” in our home, and she is very proud of it. I’m so grateful for my mother-in-law seeing a need and taking care of it – she really is the best!
Speaking of kindness, our friends have been so very generous, bringing us meals and gifts, and checking on me. It’s no small feat to make a meal for 6 extra people, and I was actually surprised at how many of our friends took the time and resources to bring us food. Our family has felt very loved during this time.
There is a pretty big fireworks show in Cincinnati every Labor Day, and we have made it a tradition to watch it as a family. Even though Hazel and I are still resting and mostly hanging out in my bedroom, David figured out a spot for us to see the fireworks show from our car without too much trouble. The kids were thrilled. It really is quite the spectacular show! If you look up “WEBN Fireworks” on YouTube, you should get a taste of what a big deal it is in our area.
Hazel is growing quickly! She has gained a half pound a week since birth, and started responding with smiles a little before 4 weeks old. I have had a challenging time trying to capture her smiles, because they are fleeting, but it’s so sweet when she looks up at one of us and breaks into a smile! She did develop some infant acne (most of our babies have had that), so she looks like she has a rash, but she’s totally fine. She has an appointment with the lip and tongue tie specialist this week, so that will be fixed soon. Other than those small things, she is eating and sleeping well, and charming our hearts every day.
I’m beginning to get the hang of less sleep – which is a mercy, since our french press just broke last week, and we have not had coffee since then! It is a small miracle for me to adapt to less sleep even when I have coffee, so this might be considered supernatural. 😉 I did come down with an ear infection this past weekend, but I’m on antibiotics and will hopefully be over it soon.
So how have you been? Have any stories of potty training fairies that save the day? Does your family have any Labor Day traditions? I’d love to hear about them in the comments!