Friday, December 17, 2010

Life with 4

I'm not gonna lie, the past 11 days have been a bit of a blur.  In ways it feels like it's been a long time since Brady arrived, and in other ways it's slipping by faster than I want.
I'm starting to see more clearly though, each day a little more of my life comes together.  Slowly I'm able to accomplish something more than nursing and tending to this little boy.
I am in LOVE this new phase of life.  Being a mother to 4 is so fulfilling, I am happy and couldn't ask for anything more this Christmas.  I haven't mastered the whole mother of 4 thing by myself just yet, and I'm so glad I haven't had to, thanks to my great hubby and wonderful mom.  Joe took off the first week and has had 3 snow days this week.  Christmas break is here and we are so glad to have him home through the New Year. 
At the beginning I was hesitant to say I have a really great baby, because sometimes babies can be deceiving at first.  They can be a little comatose the first few days and then wake up to be quite demanding and needy.  But, Brady has proven that he really is a really good boy.  He is super laid back and easy to please.  He doesn't cry much, he just stirs when he gets hungry.  I'm so thankful he's such a contented little guy because I've had a hard enough time taking care of myself and him until earlier this week.
He's growing, oh I wish he would slow it down.  He got such a jump start on being a big boy already.  When we were discharged from the hospital he weighed 8lbs. 6oz. and Wednesday at his well visit he weighed 8lbs. 14 oz.  I'm sure he has passed his birth weight already.  I'm thankful he's healthy and growing, but I just want to slow time down a little.
Joseph and Jenna have kindly shared their cold with Brady.  I'm a bit worried about him being sick so soon, but he seems to be doing a little better each day.
Are you ready for Christmas?  It doesn't really feel like Christmas around here, since we haven't been to church or able to make family Christmas celebrations.  I miss it, but I'm also enjoying cuddling up with my warm bundle of cuteness while ice coats the outside with beautiful glitter. {and the fact that I don't have to get out in it!}  It's definitely a special Christmas this year, one that I will cherish always.
We've been celebrating Christmas with night drives looking at Christmas lights, watching movies and eating popcorn and I even left Brady, for a few hours today, while Joe and I took the oldest three Christmas shopping for each other.  It was an adventure and I was ready to get home shortly after we entered the store, and Jenna peed her pants.
For those who've asked how Jenna's coping with all the changes, she's doin' just fine.  We are still laughing at her funny ways and her country girl accent.  We saw a Christmas display of a flag the other night on one of our drives and she said, "I see da gran-do-fwag!"  aka the Grand Ole Flag.  She has her ways of keeping our attention.
To everyone who has brought us meals, we thank you.  My husband thanks you and my children thank you.  This is how Joe dishes out dinner, he's helping cut down on the laundry.
I look forward to bedtime each night, though I now my nights aren't really that long.  Sleeping children are so irresistible, as are pajama clad munchkins.

Speaking of which, I have an hour and half until little man is ready for his midnight snack!


Bonnie said...

Oh keep the pictures coming!!

Glad to hear the kids are adjusting and your husband is home.

Soak in each moment. That is about the best and only advice I can give you. Accept help when it's offered. Always plan to get ready way earlier thatn you plan to leave becuaus it takes at least 20 minutes to get all the kids into the vehicle.

Okay maybe I had a few tips....

Have a wonderful Christmas.

Wanting What I Have said...

I'm so glad you're doing so well. He is precious! I love your husband's idea for cutting down on laundry. Sometimes I feed mine in the tub! Cut down on laundry and clean up! :)

Joyeful said...

Oh he is just so adorable!! Love those big chubby cheeks and that contented restful face! Take it easy, dear! Sending prayers to you and yours this Christmas!

Sarah B said...

Love all the pictures, what a beautiful family God has blessed you with!

Melissa Nicole said...

I love this little glimpse into your life. How precious! You are an inspiration, though I have said that before. You are such a loving momma! Brady is so precious and cute!! Enjoy your snuggle time with him during the holidays! How special! BTW, Jonathan would feed the kids shirtless when he was in charge of meal time. :) Merry Christmas to your wonderful family! We miss you! Melissa