I learned early on as a parent that time changes, or at least your perception of time changes, when you become a parent. I think this especially true for stay at home parents. One day blends into the next and before you know it weeks, or months, have gone by and it all seems a blur. Each subsequent child has altered time a little more. The hours in each day feel like they are less than before. The time you once had to spend in some quiet activity with your child, or relaxing on your own for some much needed alone time, seems to have all but disappeared.
I remember when Anna was born I struggled to make everything fit into my old schedule, the schedule I kept when I only had one little one to worry about. It didn’t work out, it was never going to work out no matter how hard I tried. But, it took me a while to figure that out. It took me a while to realize that I needed to alter my schedule and make adjustments with my time so that everything could get done. Once I figured that out we got into a really nice little routine. Each child got their much needed time, the housework, etc. all got done and I even had a little time leftover for myself (occasionally). So, when Nora was born I already knew from the get go that the old schedule wasn’t going to work anymore. I started early on altering my schedule, making slight shifts in how I allotted my time. The transition has been much smoother. The only problem is that no matter how much shifting I do, how much altering happens to the schedule, there just never seems to be quite enough time.
Do we ever stop looking for more time? More hours in the day to get to all the things on our to-do list. A way to slow down time so our children don’t seem to grow up in the blink of an eye. A way to stretch out the hours in a day so that each child and our spouse gets their fair share leaving just a little at the end for ourselves. There just aren’t enough hours in the day to get it all done. This here little blog of mine has suffered lately. I can barely seems to post once a week. One day I’ll have more time. My kids will be busy with their own lives and I’ll have all the time in the world. I’ll look back on these days when time was often my enemy, and I’ll wish I was back here trying to make it all fit.
Somehow, in the blink of an eye, 2 months has already gone by since Nora was born.
Height: 23.25 ins (90th percentile)
Weight: 11lbs 3oz (50th percentile)
Head Circumference: 15.5 ins (75th percentile)
What can I say to describe our sweet little baby? As I sit here trying to find the words one word repeatedly pops into my head, perfect. She is simply perfect. Her personality is so sweet. She smiles easily and coos away at us now. She sleeps like a rockstar. I almost don’t want to admit how good of a sleeper she is. Most nights she is sleeping through the night, like 10-11 hours kind of sleeping through the night! On the nights when she does wake it typically only once and she still does a 7-8 hour stretch. Parenting 3 kiddos is so much easier when you take sleep deprivation out of the equation.
Breastfeeding is going really well. I’ve been so lucky to get to breastfeed all three of my girls without any troubles. Besides the new to the breastfeeding gig troubles I had in the early days after Maya was born it has been smooth sailing. It is nice when things work the way they should. My plan is to breastfeed as long as I did with Maya and Anna, 20 months each. We’ll see how it goes.
Speaking of Maya and Anna they are completely smitten with their little sister. Maya is a veteran big sister so she knows all about this gig. She loves holding Nora and just adores getting her to smile and coo. Anna is a great big sister. I was worried she might be a bit jealous but she takes it all like a champ. She asks to hold Nora all the time and is always kissing her and patting her little head. I love watching them interact. You can see their special bonds forming already.
All the worries I had about parenting 3 kids, how to juggle it all, seems like such a distant memory. Things are going really, really well. Having such a good baby has certainly helped. I’m just enjoying it all and trying to savor each moment because this is our last baby and I know how quickly it goes by.
On Sunday Maya celebrated her 6th birthday by hosting a fun birthday bash for all her little friends at The Little Gym. Maya loves gymnastics and The Little Gym has become a sort of home away from home for us the past year, so having her birthday party there seemed like a fantastic idea. Plus, they do all the work which was a great added bonus!
The party was a blast. The girls had such an amazing time. It was so fun watching Maya interact with all her friends and enjoying being able to spend time with them just goofy off and having fun. She has made a lot of friends since moving here which has helped her feel very at home here in Seattle.
After playing their little hearts out in the gym the girls gathered in the party room for snacks and cake. The cake I ordered turned out beautifully and the girls loved it!
I still can’t believe she is 6! I’m glad she had a good birthday and got to spend a wonderful afternoon partying like a 6 year old with her friends
On November 8th, 2007 we welcomed this adorable little bundle of awesomeness into the world and our lives were forever changed.
Maya, watching you grow up over the last 6 years has been so amazing.
You have turned into a pretty awesome kiddo. You make us laugh all the time. Sometimes you make us want to pull our hair out. But, always, you make us understand a whole new level of love. You are strong, funny, smart, and beautiful and we couldn’t have asked for a better daughter. Happy 6th Birthday, Maya!! We love you to pieces.
Our sweet little Nora is 1 month old today!
It seems with each child the time has somehow gone by faster. There is so much going on in our day to day lives between school for Maya, entertaining a super smart, sweet and spunky 2 year old and caring for a newborn. It can feel like each day blends into the next until suddenly a month has gone by and you just can’t figure out where the time went.
Nora at 1 month is a total joy. She is a very good baby. The only time she cries, other than her witching hour from 5-7, is when she is hungry or needs a diaper change. She is super content and loves to lay on the floor and look out the window or watch her crazy sisters.
Nora is growing like a weed. I don’t know her weight and height as she doesn’t have another doctor’s appointment until 2 months but I would definitely guess she is over 9 lbs now and seems to have grown at least an inch. Her newborn clothes are just starting to get a little snug. She’ll probably move up to her 0-3 months stuff in the next week or so. All this growth is thanks to a healthy appetite and an ability to breastfeed like a total champ.
During the day she is still sleeping most of the time, but has started having longer, more alert awake periods. At night she sleeps pretty well, usually 3-4 hours at a time, which means I’m up with her 1-2 times a night. Not too bad for a 1 month old!
Yesterday she smiled her first real, full on smile. I was chatting with her and smiling and all of a sudden she busted out with the biggest grin. Those first smiles are so priceless. Maya got her to smile again a few minutes later, which totally made her day. She has also begun to coo a little as well. Too cute.
I’m sure time will continue to fly by but since this is our last little one I’m trying to enjoy each moment and cherish each little snuggle. I know that before I know it she’ll be running around here with her big sisters causing trouble. These early months are so precious yet so fleeting.