Many people have asked how Eliza is adjusting to being a big sister. To be honest, Jimmy and I feared the worst–we expected lots of jealousy and tantrums. I’m happy to report that she has proven us wrong, at least for the time being! She’s fascinated with Jed–she’s very gentle with him, she loves to talk to him, and she shares her toys and snacks with him. When he gets fussy, she immediately says, “Baby!” and crawls toward his bassinet to check on him. She even gives him hugs and kisses, which is the sweetest thing ever! She has quickly learned to amuse herself or watch patiently while I’m tending to him. In fact, her overall temperament has changed for the better! I know there will be plenty of challenging behavior (from both of them) in the future, but I’m very grateful for the happy present!
Having two babies is certainly difficult, as you can imagine, but I’m absolutely loving it. Jed isn’t even close to sleeping through the night yet, but I’m surviving because of Jimmy (and his cooperative work schedule) and coffee. We’re gradually developing a rhythm to the day and really bonding as a family of four, which has been a wonderful experience. The day seems to fly by…I almost feel like I’m teaching again!
By far the most difficult thing is taking them out and about by myself. It can be daunting, but I’ve found that my confidence increases with each trip. We’re going to attempt Wal-Mart tomorrow…I’ll let you know how it goes! I really hope to pick back up with our weekday social schedule as soon as possible. Eliza and I both miss our activities and friends!
We just loved having Granny stay with us for the past few days! It’s so nice to have an extra set of hands, and hanging out with Mom is always fantastic. Jed, aka Mr. Cuddles, really enjoyed being held pretty much the entire day! And Eliza adored the extra attention, too!
And Eliza is finally beginning to discover the wonders of walking. This is happening now:
And here she is standing up unassisted:
It’s only a matter of time now! I’m guessing she’s a late walker because she’s extremely independent and dislikes grasping our hands. Also, she has tiny feet and legs (she still wears a size 2 or 3 shoe!).
And here’s a brother/sister moment:
And we really cracked up over this article. I bet all parents can relate:
We love hanging around with Granny! Plus, she watched the babies while Jimmy and I had a lovely date night at one of our favorite restaurants. Life really is sweet!
Granny and Jed (not the Beverly Hillbillies ones) joined us at music class today…everybody had a blast! We’ve really missed going for the past two weeks. And there’s a new student in the class named Amadeus, which may be the coolest-named baby I’ve ever met. Alas, it’s too busy and chaotic to take pictures while we’re there.
And another mom friend brought us food tonight! Corpus moms are the best:)
Since Jimmy took night duty last night, I was brave and well-rested enough to take both babies out by myself for the first time. We went to story time at the library since several of my mom friends would be there to help in case I needed anything. It was a great success! Eliza hung in there even though it began at 10:30, which is her preferred nap time. I’m so proud of all of us!
Eliza has mastered (her version) of the sign language for “all done.” This brilliant idea of mine backfired, of course…she now uses this sign when she’s been in her high chair for three minutes.