It’s been almost 2 weeks since Baby Gus arrived. Life as a mom of 5 has been quite an adjustment. With Karolina not quite walking yet, I knew it would be a juggling act to transport two kiddos up and down the stairs, change diapers, feed them both, etc. and it certainly has been. Jim and I made a great team for the first week, but then he had to go back to work. Since then my mom has been a huge lifesaver. I figured by now I was an “old pro” at motherhood and could just balance all the balls without becoming flustered but silly me, I forgot to take into consideration hormones, lack of sleep and…reality. 🙂
Although interestingly enough, the thing I thought would overwhelm me the most has been our greatest asset. That is the sheer number of family members in our household now. I thought as a family of 7 that I would be beside myself, tense and overrun by all the demands. That has not been the case so far, thanks to my fine gentlemen helpers. Gabriel, Grant and Garrett have been incredibly considerate, tender, and aware of the needs of their siblings. Being a mom to “older” kids has such sweet advantages that I am grateful to experience. The boys are loving toward their sister, reading to her, making her laugh, helping her stand, etc. With Gus they each have shown the same gentleness. They willingly get extra diapers when needed, my nursing pillow, or whatever needs to be done. In addition, I have found that (so far) I am able to carve out some one-on-one time with them before bedtime and still feel connected to them as individuals. Things are certainly not perfect…my dad isn’t great, my house looks like a bomb exploded, the laundry is a lost cause but then again…that’s just life.
We are still in the process of getting into a regular routine and one of my favorite things is our daily prayer time. Every morning the girls and I pray the rosary, and Karolina is quite fond of her little pink rosary. Here is a picture of my mom and K during prayer time.
The nice shot:
The outtake (she’s a girl on the go!) 🙂
If the weather is nice, we’ll bundle up the kids and go for a walk. The great temps have been such a treat over the past few weeks! Love getting the fresh air. Gus is good to go!:)
I haven’t left the house (other than for our walks) except when we went to the Pediatrician and Target. Usually I’m chomping at the bit to go places, but this time around I have been quite content to stay close to home. Babies are not supposed to be “out” anyway until at least 2 weeks, due to their immune system being so vulnerable. I have errands I have to run, and Karolina has another round of appointments coming up, so our busy schedules will resume soon enough. But, sometimes in life it just feels good to go off the grid for a while.