Overall, Connor is a very laid-back baby. In true male fashion, he is not very complicated to figure out-- if he's upset, he either wants to eat, sleep or poop. I've also adjusted much better post pregnancy this time around than with Riley. I'm assuming its because this isn't my first rodeo with a newborn, so knowing a little more of what to expect is working to my advantage.
|my sweet boy at 3 weeks old|
Now there's the new territory of raising two kids. Our adult-child ratio is now even, which completely changes the game. I'm still recovering from my surgery which hinders me from doing a lot of things, including lifting Riley. I also am quick to feel worn out and tired, and lets not even talk about the obvious sleep deprivation that comes with a baby. As a result, I catch myself at times being very impatient with my family that I love so much. Being cognizant of it, I am trying to just take a deep breath and let the moment pass me by and not be so upset when really there isn't anything to be upset about. I know its me (and my raging hormones) and I'm working on trying to pull myself out of those moments.
With that said, I feel like we are doing pretty darn good adjusting to our new family of four. Somehow Eric and I have figured out that he is mostly responsible for Riley and me, Connor. Throughout the day, we would exchange looks and ask each other "switch kids?" and its worked out great. And although I have a hard time expressing it at times, I am very thankful for my husband. He is so great with both our kids and I cannot imagine going through this with anything else. We thought being separated while he was deployed tested our relationship, that was just a warm-up compared to raising two young children. I very much appreciate you, Eric.
|my #1 gal-- love my Riley|
|BFFs right now that we are inseparable|
Riley was not very warm to the idea of a baby in our house, but each day that passes gets better. We've gotten her to follow me into his room when Connor is crying. She's also high-fived and kissed him occasionally. Chi Hai sent Riley this little stroller so she could be her very own little mommy (a very cute video, and also very entertaining soundtrack thanks to Eric):
But as much hard work as its been so far (and its been a lot of hard work), its been at least twice as fun. I love watching my children grow up and watching my relationship with Eric grow as well. I do not doubt that it will be a while before things get easier, but I truly look forward to looking back on these challenging times and laughing at them, all while being so grateful for my beautiful family.