I love writing this blog, but it is taking a back seat to other responsibilities now. That said, let’s catch up!
Baby’s First Christmas
Having a December baby certainly made this Christmas special. Luckily, I had done the decorating prior to his arrival. Nesting mode, much?
My aunt found this rattle. Isn’t it perfect?!
Jada was really into Christmas this year. We watched Frosty the Snowman and Bubble Guppies Holiday Party a million times. And, Christmas presents were a big hit.
We didn’t travel for the holidays this year, obviously. However, my brother and his girlfriend were able to spend Christmas day with us! Jada loves Uncle Tanner.
Also, note the adults surrounding the duplo blocks intended for Jada.
Even though we have a newborn, and it’s winter in the Chicago area, we are making a point of getting out and about for Jada. I found a Groupon for the Wonderland Express at the Chicago Botanic Gardens.
It was a perfect set-up for Jada with +75,000 lights and model trains galore. I recommend this to anyone in the area, regardless of age. Amazing!!
We also visited the Kohl Children’s Museum one day. Such a fantastic place to explore!
Big Sister Pains
Adding a new baby is a major change to any family and takes an ample dose of patience, energy, and focus when a sibling is involved. That said, I feel torn most days as I navigate the mom-of-two role.
Let me be clear, I am so grateful to be a mom of two. It’s silly even to discuss the daily challenges when I know some of my readers are struggling with infertility. However, as I’m drifting through sleep deprived days, I need reassurance too.
Spencer has been so helpful during the first weeks of Cole’s arrival, spending quality time with Jada and taking Cole so I can do the same.
Initially, I felt so guilty holding Cole whenever I was around Jada, but I’m nursing him, so I have to! The mom guilt hit me hard when she said, “But, I want you to hold me too. With both hands.”
I exaggerate praise whenever Jada helps or plays independently while I care for Cole. I tend over-communicate why I can’t carry her and baby brother down the stairs at the same time, or that babies need milk from their mommies to eat.
She’s so darn bright, and she’s also 2.5 and testing her boundaries. A newborn needs lots of attention, but I don’t want to diminish Jada’s needs and wants either.
Some days I totally snap and hate myself for it. Other days, I feel like a dairy cow and professional diaper changer.
We are four weeks in, and each day is getting better. Jada is more interested in what Cole is doing, why he is crying, can he eat this or that.
I mean, babies are pretty boring at first, right? As he becomes more alert, I think it will continue to improve too.
I’m very anxious/nervous about the start of Spencer’s baseball season, because that means many, many days and nights of sole parenting. Right now, we can play man to man defense, but I’ll have to zone up here soon. And, I will survive, like so many moms have and are doing.
I will remind myself they are only young for so long. The days are long, but the years are short.
Did you have a similar experience with kids?
What are some of your favorite winter/indoor activities?