What an exciting few weeks it has been! As you probably heard (or read), I delivered a healthy baby boy on September 7, 2012. Well, here I am almost 2 weeks post-delivery of the sweetest little guy I’ve ever met and I have to admit that it has been what seems like a long, sleepless journey so far. My family is doing its best to adjust and my 2 daughters are surprisingly almost unaffected by the presence of our new, very vocal, family member but I am now realizing that I was somewhat unprepared for such a challenge. But, can you ever really be prepared for the unknown?
Looking back, my first daughter was a difficult baby. I can remember running the vacuum or banging on pots and pans to try to and soothe her inconsolable crying. My second daughter was a piece of cake as a baby, so to speak, a walk in the park if you will. She was always content and was happy to go with the flow. Enter baby # 3. I don’t know that he is actually more difficult than my first daughter or if it is just that much harder because now I have 2 little girls to look after in addition to a high maintenance infant, but holy moly, my hands are full. I just assumed our little gentleman would be as easy-going as my second daughter because I thought he would have to be but so far, he is standing his ground and demanding almost all of mommy’s attention. I am not complaining. I am doing my best to enjoy the chaos because amidst all the whining and tantrums are plenty of giggles and hugs. I am extremely grateful to my mom who spent some time with us to help everyone settle in. This also allowed me to try to catch up on some much desired sleep. The keyword being try. I am ecstatic and so proud of my husband who has really stepped up to the plate to help out in any way that he can. He even took both girls to 2 birthday parties last Saturday all by himself and everyone had a blast! I have to admit that I am a little jealous that my husband is spending so much quality time with the girls and I am spending much less time with them due to the baby. I keep telling myself that this is temporary and we will get into a new routine and things will get easier.
When people ask me how its going, I am honest and say, “it’s crazy!” Many people told me during this pregnancy that going from 2 children to 3 children would not be that hard and that the “big step” was going from 1 to 2. I wholeheartedly disagree at this moment but maybe that’s because none of my kids are more than 22 months apart in age. Being so close in age will likely result in long-lasting sibling friendships but will undoubtedly keep my husband and I on our toes for the foreseeable future. I wouldn’t trade my life for anything though and I’ll just keep on trying to keep my head above water. Wish me luck!