Thank you so much for all the kind words on Cole’s Birth Story.
Life after labor. We are incredibly blessed…and tired! I’m certainly making good use of this mug.
Spencer and I have been adjusting to life as parents of two beautiful kiddos.
Thankfully, my mom is here to help us out. All hands on deck needed when a newborn is involved, am I right?
Jada is slowly adapting to the big sister role. We are trying to include her in appropriate activities, but there are major ups and downs. She’s also 2.5 years old, so she is testing her boundaries. And, she’s so dang smart.
Accordingly, we are making a point of getting out and about to satisfy my little extrovert and burn some of that toddler energy.
At 4 days old, Cole attended his first of many Northwestern athletics events, a men’s basketball game. Jada loves these games; it also gives her a chance to see Willie the Wildcat, Northwestern’s mascot.
She is not shy about communicating that mom needs to, “…put down the baby and hold me.” I’m trying my best to balance being a mom of two, using all the help I can get while it’s available. I feel so torn at times. I’m nursing Cole, so I’m not accessible to Jada all the time like I was before.
Spencer will get very busy in January and begin traveling in February, so he is also taking advantage of a slower time.
I snapped this picture in the hospital, two days after having Cole.
Much to my surprise, I’m recovering a lot faster from this labor and delivery compared to my experience with Jada. Our bodies are truly amazing, aren’t they?!
Using CrossFit during my pregnancy and chasing around an active two-year old definitely contributed to a more fit pregnancy.
I’m really looking forward to lifting weights again and incorporating CrossFit and HIIT back into my life. I didn’t feel like working out until I was a good 5-6 weeks postpartum with Jada. But, I’m healing fast and almost feel normal after this pregnancy. But, I’m also not going to push it.
Now, I’m eating based on hunger (nursing requires many more calories and lots of water!) and walking daily with my first baby, Cooper.
Cooper has been a champ with all the changes, and pretty indifferent to Cole. It’s important to me to carve out time for him each day.
And, despite the lack of sleep and stress of balancing two kids, we are so very grateful for every moment, good or bad.
Parents of two, how did you keep the older sibling entertained and engaged with a new baby? Tips welcome!