Wednesday, October 24, 2012

First weeks with a newborn and 3 other children

 With the past two pregnancies, the coming home was the hardest. Life was a huge adjustment. With Caed, our first, life was upside down. No more just Lauren and Jon. We had this little life to sustain now. The recovery afterwards for me was an unknown. It all turned out great, Caed fussed a lot, but we eventually got him on a schedule, and we enjoyed life with his mostly expected expectations. :) And my recovery went fine too. I remember that first pregnancy, my ob's office had me come in that week for a check up. It wasn't much, probably just mostly to make sure I was doing fine mentally. Then I went again about 6 weeks, and I was good to go.

Second pregnancy, with the twins, there was a lot of apprehension as well. We were coming home with 2! I am so thankful that with Caed we mostly did the Baby Wise way of the first year. (schedule...) It really set us up to be successful with the twins. I don't know how you'd demand feed'd probably be nursing/feeding all day! My recovery was good too, but this time, they didn't have me come in that first week. Instead I think it was 2 or 4 weeks. We tried to have things set up so Caed could help himself to basic things (sippy cup of milk in fridge, dry cheerios in a cup on the counter) and we didn't have to run out to school every morning. We also had set up months of help. Friends and Family would come in for a week at a time, and that was a lifesaver. I am still so thankful for all that help, in was invaluable.

Third pregnancy....I wasn't sure how it would go. I was thinking it would seem better since we just did twins. And pretty much it's been good. It's of course hard to parent 3 other children and have a newborn with so many needs, but for the most part the 3 older boys have been so good. My recovery seems to be good, my energy level is pretty good too. We just can't seem to get the schedule thing going exactly the way we want. It's hard when every morning you've got to start each day making sure that 3 kids are dressed and ready for school. Including that they use the bathroom and get fed a nutritious breakfast, have their shoes on and bags filled with the right items. Then we have the baby who in between needs to be fed, changed and happy. We're planning on returning to a better schedule, but right now we're making it work. Little Grayson is along for the ride....and we love this little guy so much. 

dad loving on G

Big brothers want to love on him too. Even in cowboy gear.

Auntie working her sleeping magic
Soon to be Uncle Tom loving on G too.

Uncle Andrew and Auntie Sally came to visit the newest little  boy too.

A and T keep busy with trains.

His first bath!

Some first days of school shots.


Claire said...

Thanks for posting - especially the photos!!! Love you!