It's been a full week of being home alone with the two littles. Luke is three weeks old today. That is just crazy to me. Life flew by at rapid speed with AG was a babe. But this time, it's going at lightning speed and I just want to press pause.
I was really nervous about being home alone with both kids. AG had my mom at her beckon call for the first two weeks after Luke was born. She had tons of individual time and attention. I was afraid of how she would react when Nana wasn't there everyday. One week later, I'm happy to report that my child is a ROCKSTAR! Honestly, I couldn't be more proud of her. Just thinking about it brings tears to my eyes. She's been a dream. Of course had some moments and a few tantrums but overall, such a big help and so understanding. She helps with getting me things he needs, cheers him on during tummy time, sshhh's him when he's crying and loves to hold him. She seems like such a big girl to me now, part of me is a little sad that she's no longer by baby but I love seeing her in her new role. I'll get into everything we did to help her adjust in another post. Today, I just want to talk about my first week of life with two at home.
Luke is still eating every 2-3 hours, sometimes more frequently. That totals almost three hours a day nursing. During that time AG is usually watching TV, playing on her iPad or reading books. We have a two story house and most of her toys and all of her learning stuff is upstairs. Since I am still recovering from the c-section, I cannot go up and down tons of times a day. Plus, when we do go up to play, I usually have to carry a bunch of things for the kids which adds to my load. At first I felt guilty about all of the TV time she was getting. Then, I reminded myself that this is just a season and I needed to give myself a little grace. I did bring play-doh down for her, which she'll play with for about a half hour a day. I also encourage her to take care of her babies while I'm taking care of Luke. For now, what we have going works.
I'm working on getting Luke on a schedule. I used Moms on Call with AG and am doing the same with him. Right now, I'm just waking him every three hours to eat unless he wants to eat sooner. There are days where he'll sleep the day away and others where he'll be up for three hours at a time. Overall, he's such a good baby. Only fusses when he wants something or is a little gassy. He sleeps 4-5 hour stretches with just one feeding session at night, which we are grateful for. So far, the kids have taken a nap at the same time each day. Luke doesn't sleep as long as AG but it's still at least a half hour of time to get a few things done. I plan on starting back to work next week so it will be interesting to see how that goes. I'm thinking I'll have a mommy's helper come for a few hours a week in the afternoon to play with AG in order for me to get some work done.
Some of the most difficult times of the day are breakfast, lunch and dinner. Luke is already very spoiled and I'll admit I don't put him down much. He's my last baby. I will snuggle him as much as I can. All day long. He's usually awake when it's time for AG to eat and has his witching hour from 5-6. The only way I successfully get our family fed and keep him happy is wearing him in the Solly Wrap. Lifesaver. He loves it and falls asleep most of the time he's in it. I am able to have a few free hands to get food prepped and big sister fed. Another lifesaver is the BOB double stroller. I was intimidated by the size when it first arrived. After using it now for over a week, I'm so happy with our purchase. I take the kids for a walk every afternoon before dinner. It's the perfect way to get a little fresh air and pass the time before hubs gets home. The BOB is so easy to use and both kids love our walks.
So there you have it, we've survived week number one. Life with two is chaotic, the days fly by and my heart couldn't be any more full right now. As time goes on, we will continue to adjust to our new normal and find what works best for our little family.