Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Here Are the Details for Mia : )

My cousin Mia left this comment on my last post:

So give us details on yours, how much does he weigh now, how is the breast feeding going, are you getting any sleep, how are the big sisters adjusting to the new boy in the house...what is it like being a mom of 3?

OK, Mia, I aim to please....

1. He weighs about 12 pounds already. Can you believe it? I took him into the pediatrician last week and her words were, "His weight gain is phenomenal!" I guess the "girls" are working. : )

2. Breastfeeding: Well- It's a miracle to me that I've made it six weeks and there are parts of it I love so much. I love the cuddle time, I love how much more convenient and cheap it is compared to formula and bottles, and I love the view I have when I look down and see him. I'm so thankful that it is working, but the thrush is still a problem and painful and I get discouraged. I'm thankful for all of the tips from everyone and I'm hopeful it will go away soon so we can get back to enjoying the nursing.

3. Oh sleep, glorious sleep. Isn't it funny how we don't appreciate the good things in life until they are gone? I can't wait to sleep again. There is hope. He's sleeping longer stretches and we have a pretty good routine and schedule down, so maybe he'll surprise me someday soon. (I hope, I hope, I hope....)

4. My girls ADORE their little BenBen. I wondered if there would be any jealousy issues, but thankfully it hasn't been a problem. They get frustrated with me for not letting them mother him and kiss him and hug him and hold him as much as they want to do.

5. Being a mom of 3: Sometimes it is a juggling act, but I have it pretty easy with the girls being older. They are pretty independent and do a lot to take care of themselves. Plus King Charming is a huge help. He makes them breakfast and gets them off to school. The hardest time of the day for me is the bedtime routine or the times when they all need me and I don't know who to help first. It's weird how much it feels like he has always been a part of our family. I can't believe it has been six weeks, because it has gone so fast, but I also can't believe it has only been six weeks because it feels like we've always had him with us.

I've got a cold right now and it is hard to be the responsible one. I just want to crawl into bed and say, "See you all when I feel better." : ) The house is a mess. I have NO IDEA what the girls are going to wear to school tomorrow because we are totally out of clean clothes. And I often feel housebound. I live for about 8:30 at night for that short window of time when all three kids are asleep, and I can have some me time. The good thing about this being the third time is knowing that this is all temporary. When you have your first baby you think, "My life is over." This time I remember that at about the three month mark life will feel normal again, so I just do my best and hang on until we get to normal again.

It helps to have the cutest, sweetest, bestest kids in the universe, too : )
(Remind me I said that tomorrow night at bedtime)


S and K said...

It's been a while since I've said hello, but I have been keeping updated with you... just haven't had time to tell you so!

CONGRATULATIONS! I can't believe he's so big already. God is so good and it is such a blessing to see HIS handiwork in the life of your family!

Many blessings to you!


Anonymous said...

I know exactly what you mean when you wrote, "When you have your first baby you think, "My life is over." This time I remember that at about the three month mark life will feel normal again, so I just do my best and hang on until we get to normal again." I found for all three that around 4-5 mths even though they were sleeping ok, I hit this point where I still felt like I was getting anything done and juggling act was falling a part (the newness emotions had worn off and the sleeping all the time phase newborn phase ended) but it was so helpful to recognize, this was just a stage and it will pass quicker than you want. I was at the library today for a baby story time and there were all these babies there (go figure) and I looked at my 14 mth and realized sadly, she is not a baby anymore. She's walking, talking...it goes so quickly!

Jamie said...

Wow, 12 lbs? That is great! My kiddos don't know how to leave their baby sister alone either...and there are times when she's sleeping and I don't want her bothered!

The Jernigan Family said...

LOL...Ok I feel much more well informed now and relieved that things are going so great for you guys....I knew they would. It is so funny because Sage went for her 9 month check up today and she weighs 14 pounds...a whole 2 pounds more than Jamin (not sure if that nickname is going to stick with me or not yet.) She grew from 23 inches to 27 inches in one month and she is now finally on a percentile chart...woohoo! I breastfed Sage for the first 3 months but totally unconventional way. Because she was so small, I would pump and then feed it to her in a bottle, but because of all of the medicine that I am on for my heart and diabeties, we switched to formula, and my dad insisted she get the liquid form that is like $6 for 32 ounces...expensive...I finally have her on powder. Are you using the nursing covers that you made? Did you ever decide on a name?
Becky he is so cute! Both of our kids have the prettiest tan complexion...what color are his eyes? Sage has my dark complexion but blue/hazel eyes that her Dr said would stick...lucky thing...her daddy is already so nervous for how beautiful she is getting. She has SO much hair now, she actually has side burns, I am not sure what I am going to do with it...She definitely looks like her Daddy. I also totally know what you mean about the whole my life is over thing...I think the biggest adjustment for me was realizing that I was a mom 24/7 that I couldn't call in sick, because the first time I got the flu all I wanted to do was lay around but you can't do it because you are still a mom...toughest job on earth but it sounds like you are doing a great job! Can't wait to meet him soon and see the girls, I can't believe how big they are...theh last time I saw you guys Amy was just a couple of months old. Love you guys, and thanks for all the info!!!