Friday, April 24, 2015

We made it through our first week with Mike back to work. Day one went well. 
My mom had some time off work so we got together for a few hours and she helped out with the girls too. It made the transition a little bit easier for me. 
Then Mike watched Eliana for a couple of hours so we could bring Madelyn to the Friendly's. It was nice getting out of the house for a while and she was so happy too. 

Through the week, I had my moments where everything was running so smoothly. 
Life seemed perfect and I felt happier than ever. Both girls were in great moods and I had so much fun playing/interacting with them. They also took naps during the same times so I accomplished a huge list of things I needed to get done. 
 Then other days were completely chaotic. Keeping up with the demands of two little ones and the housework was very challenging. I ended up doing too much too soon so it left me feeling tired, sore, and overwhelmed.
So far I've found that taking care of two kids isn't quite as easy as it looks, but it sure is such a rewarding job. 
I truly love what I do and it brings me so much joy being at home with them.  I'm very blessed to have my two beautiful girls. Even during the tough days, they always give me so many reasons to smile. 

The weather's been just as hormonal as me. Earlier in the week, the sun was shining and we got out for a nice walk with the girls. We also played outside with bubbles, chalk, and sand. 
Then a couple of days later, we were back inside with the rain, snow, and sleet. Thankfully I didn't put Madelyn's winter wardrobe away yet! Although, she still insists on wearing the same 3-4 favorite dresses all week long so it might not have mattered too much. This morning when she woke up, she said, "I thought it was supposed to be spring outside not snow! Does that mean it's Christmas again because it snowed?" 

Besides that, everything is starting to feel more normal and we are all adjusting to our new life as a family of four. It's still hard to believe that Eliana's been here for three weeks now. 
 On Monday night, she slept for a six hour stretch and it felt amazing. I woke up feeling so energized and happy. Then the next night she was back to her usual sleep schedule. Honestly, I can't complain though because she does sleep very good for a newborn baby.
 Since we came home from the hospital, there were only a handful of times that she was up more than once at night. We usually have her in bed by 9 and she sleeps for about five hours. When she wakes up around 2 to feed, she's wide awake for another 2-4 hours. Then she finally crashes until morning time between 7 and 8 so it's not too bad. It is still tiring, but I'm getting used to her schedule. 
She's a very deep sleeper though. Anytime we've tried to wake her up, nothing works. One day, I gave her a bath, changed her clothes, clipped her nails, and had Madelyn play the drums but she slept through it all.  
Last night was another night Eliana slept perfectly. She woke up once to feed but it only took her about five minutes to fall back asleep until morning. Of course Madelyn didn't sleep so well though. She came into our bed and decided it would be a good time to strike up a conversation and ask us hundreds of questions. Here she is in our bed as I struggled to stay awake...

Besides her sleep schedule, Eliana is a pretty easy going baby overall. She does have her fussy times during the day but she's also very easy to calm down. If I could stand up holding her all day, she would hardly cry at all. As soon as you sit down with her, she notices and starts crying. 
She loves to be moving all the time whether she's being held, rocked or swayed. 
Eliana is also a very good eater and loves her pacifier too. This past week, she has started studying faces a little more closely and her little cooing noises she makes are so adorable. Her neck muscles are also getting stronger each day. During tummy time, she really moves around quite a bit and manages to lift her head up pretty high. 
Here are some pictures from this past week...

In this last picture, Madelyn dressed herself and put on one of Eliana's hair bows. 

Have a nice weekend everyone! 

Saturday, April 18, 2015

It's been a little over two weeks since Eliana was born and we are slowly adjusting to life as a family of four. Some days are a bit overwhelming but overall, my girls bring me so much happiness.
The love I feel for them is indescribable.
 During my pregnancy, I didn't think it was possible to love another child as much as I loved Madelyn. Sure everyone tells you that you will love them both the same but I had a hard time believing this could be true. Now that Eliana is here, I feel so differently. My heart has only expanded in size.
These two girls mean the world to me and I love them both so much.

Madelyn's been a good little helper too. She loves being with her little sister and constantly wants to give her hugs and kisses. They are both so sweet. 

The other day she fell asleep right by her sister's side. It was so precious seeing the two of them sleeping next to each other. 

Madelyn does have her moments too. She's been testing our patience quite a bit between the toy throwing and the tantrums. I've noticed her misbehaving mostly when she's overtired but I realize it's a big adjustment for her too. It hasn't been so easy giving her my full attention either. 
Between the soreness, exhaustion, and breast-feeding around the clock, she's really been noticing the changes. 

When she does act out, it's usually not for very long. Within minutes, she's back to her silly and playful self...

I've been making sure I spend some quality time with just Madelyn when possible so she doesn't feel left out. 
One night last week, we watched a movie together as a family. This was a special treat for her and she was so happy snuggling up with mommy. 
About halfway through the movie, she fell asleep in my arms. 
Watching her rest so peacefully brought me back to the days when she was just a little baby. 
The time sure has flown by but she will always be my little princess though. 

Mike's been able to spend some quality time with Madelyn too seeing he's been off work these past two weeks. I don't know what I would have done without him. 
He's been so helpful with both the girls changing diapers and taking care of Eliana in the nighttime when she's not feeding. Not only has he been helping out with the girls, but he's also been doing all of the cooking, cleaning, and laundry.
 I've been feeling very tired even with all of his help so I'm not looking forward to next week when he goes back to work. I'll make it through somehow. It helps to remember that things won't be like this forever and in time, I will adjust. The weather has helped lift my spirits though. 
I love that we can get outside again and enjoy the beautiful sunshine. 

We also went to the park one day last week and had a fun time. Once again Madelyn was wearing her Minnie Mouse dress. She's been rotating between that and her Sofia one all week long as you can see from most of her pictures. 

Then over the weekend, my sister and her family came to visit us and meet Eliana for the first time.
 My dad and Ryan both had Birthday's so we had a combined celebration for the two of them. 
Like always, Madelyn and August had a great time playing together. 

Later in the week, we had Eliana's two week appointment with the Doctor. It went very well and she is growing perfectly. She weighs 8 pounds now and is twenty one and a half inches long. The Doctor said she is very tall for her age and almost average for weight. Her height was in the 90th percentile. 
She also said that she seemed very alert for a newborn. Eliana is one happy and healthy baby! 

As far as my recovery goes, I've been feeling a little bit better this week. 
I'm still slightly sore but not quite as bad as I was the first week after she was born. 
I've been slowly increasing my activity level but still taking it easy around the house. 
 The good news is, I'm already back to my pre-pregnancy weight and also fitting into my regular pants again. I may still look pregnant but my stomach is getting a little bit smaller each week. 
Here I am two weeks postpartum...

I also tried getting a picture of myself with both the girls but this was the best I could do. 

Then last but not least, here are some more pictures from Eliana's second week of life. 

I hope everyone has a great week!