Yup, I have THREE babies and all under 16 months old. I’m still shocked.
Adjusting to a family of 5 hasn’t been all that difficult. Madelynn fits right in to our crazy, fun lives. Its weird because it feels like she has been here all along.
The first week was a pretty tough one, emotionally speaking because of how they twins acted towards me. After they got use to seeing Maddie and realized she’s not going back to where she came from (ha) they started coming around. My mother stayed with us the first week we were home to help out. I was feeling so good by the second week I told her she could go home and spend time with dad because I was ready to attempt this by myself. Crazy? Yeah I think so too. But if there is one thing I learned when having the twins its that you cant “count on or be dependent on anyone”. That sounds bad but I don’t mean it like it sounds. I didn’t have any help with the twins and I managed to do it all on my own until the hubs got home everyday. I did a good job. It was so hard but it made me tough.
Newborns are “easy”. They sleep, eat, burp and get diaper changes. So, right now? It isn’t that bad. I’m glad I had two to take care of before one because that has made having Maddie a breeze. The days where she cries more than others are hard but nothing compared to having two crying babies. I can hold her while playing with my toddlers. The twins are the ones who don’t make it easy on me. They want to go and go but we cant just go and go with a newborn. They love it outside and want to be outside all the time and I wish I could load all of them up to go to the playground but its hard right now. Thankfully a dear friend of ours is giving us a play set to put in our backyard! Now I can take them outside while Maddie naps.
I have Madelynn on the Moms On Call schedule. We started it last week and she is doing great! The days we run errands she wants to eat every two hours but I’m trying to be more consistent about being at home this past week. She will go three hours without eating on the days we do good on the schedule. Right now she goes to bed around 8:45-9 and will wake at 1:30 and 5. Not too shabby!
The twins are adjusting to one nap a day and its nice to have sometime with Madelynn before Jocelynn and JP wake. It is hard to nurse her when the twins are awake because they get jealous and nothing will keep them entertained when mommy attention is being “taken away” by someone else. I know it is bad for children to watch tv but if they would just sit and watch 30 minutes it would really help me out! hah! They will not watch tv at all. They use to love Bubble Guppies but wont watch anything for more than one minute now!
I think things are going pretty good so far and I cant wait to see what the future holds. The future will be tough when we have three mobile babies/kids but we will handle;)
I just realized this post is all over the place but so is my brain right now so it makes perfect sense to me!