I am just documenting the first 4 weeks of her life in detail and then will switch to once a month posts...life is crazy busy with 3 littles but so much happens in the first month, I didn't want to miss a thing (although I fear I might have given these are tardy but something is better than nothing, right...yes my future self will be thankful for anything I can remember now in my sleep deprived state!).
Highlights of Week 3:
- Our first TRUE week with daddy back at work and mommy with 3 munchkins. We continued our "routine" of lazy mornings of a large helping of coffee, pajamas until at least 9:30am and lots of snuggles and morning cartoons. Scott leaves about 7:45am for work and normally rouses me but our older 2 are so self-sufficient thanks to a tumultuous pregnancy. They get themselves breakfast out of the breakfast basket in the pantry...mini muffins are their current favorite!
- Lucy continues to eat about every 2.5-3 hours around the clock but she is now a nursing champ and in the night, it takes us about 15 minutes from start to finish with a diaper change thrown in there. She is still right next to me in the rock n'play. I am not sure yet when I will be ready to part with her but she can be kind of noisy even when she isn't hungry.
- We did make it to bible study, swimming lessons and tumbling again this week. Lucy just rolls with the agenda...I do think twice about our schedule though and try to limit how much craziness we have in a day. I need my snuggle time and truth be told, Lucy needs her mommy time too! The kids do pretty well being home more and like to play with the neighbor kids in the afternoon if it isn't scorching hot outside.
- There is no napping for anyone but Lucy around here so mommy gets what she gets from the night. A large cup of coffee in the morning and a coke in the afternoon has been working for now. I am trying to not drink diet pop while nursing and limiting my caffeine...that's really hard ;)!
- We had more visits from friends this week and we all enjoyed that!
- We rounded out the week with a visit to the drive-in movie but it was so hot we ended up sitting inside our parked car with it on. It was still memorable, the kids thought the "car camping" was AWESOME!
- We also took a quick day trip to Cedar Falls so Lucy could meet her Great-Grandma Olive. At 95, we travel to her!!! Lucy did awesome and slept the whole way on the 1 hour and 45 minute trip.
- Lucy has earned the nickname "Volcano". She is a spitter sometime spitting what seems her whole meal and sometimes its a slow drip but we go through a lot of burp clothes and changes of clothes in a day!
- Lucy still wears mostly newborn clothes but some are too tight in the middle (namely some cute little sundress onesies, so we passed those on to her soon to be new cousin, Ella!).
- She is still wearing size newborn diapers and needs a change for both poop and pee every feeding. She also has a knack of filling her drawers while nursing, so a change after nursing is sometimes necessary.
- The kids still fight over her, touch her constantly and most of my reminders to them include, "be gentle, please don't touch her, get out of her face, ok that's enough kisses..." They love her so much :).
Now here's a "few" pictures of week 3...
Lucy's wedding attire arrived and we tried it on :)
Just so you know I do share her...she likes to sleep on daddy at night and I am most productive folding laundry, picking up, writing thank yous or blogging while she is in daddy's arms!
Every morning, they ask to hold her...we get a lot of use out of that hoppy!
Lucy went with me to my PEO meeting and they threw her a very generous diaper shower. We are set for a few months literally thanks to all the diapers we have been given over the last few months! Scott especially loves that blessing and I do too :). And the diaper cake is SO cute!
Getting ready to go...whenever we leave, we have to remember a change of clothes, pacis, burp clothes and a muslin blanket.
...and of course lots of quality cuddles...there are never enough of these in a day. I constantly am asking myself to enjoy, focus, and appreciate and then the end of the day comes and she is one day older and I think "Did I enjoy Solon, Vera and her enough to day." Sometimes I wish there was more of me to give each one of them, I love them so much. I know the older two are growing more independent which is good but I do feel guilty at times too...
If we have a home day, you better believe we spend time playing games - something I can do with all 3 of them. A game of memory, crazy 8's or Go Fish anyone?
...where are we off to this time?
Family selfie at the drive-in...thank goodness for our van! We would never have fit in the back of the SUV...
...I just couldn't help myself...she was there looking all squishy and I had to capture it :)
...and a 95 year age difference...imagine between their lifetimes how the world has and will change. Great grandma Olive was smitten at first sight and well Lucy was happy in her arms (for a while anyway as long as she couldn't hear mommy's voice). So glad they could meet...
Another week come and gone and 21 days of newness. I think how did we ever live life without you little Lucy? I can't imagine it...and yet we did but our family just feels so perfectly complete with you in it and we are so thankful...I count my blessings MANY times everyday!!!!