Saturday, March 19, 2011

On Again, Off Again

The last few weeks have been interesting. I'm titling this post "On Again, Off Again" primarily thanks to Sophia. I was beginning to be convinced that her reflux was giving her a great deal of issues. Then she started doing better. Three good routine days of sleeping, eating and being awake. Went to the pediatrician for her one month well check. Everything looked great. She's actually gained two pounds and six ounces in four weeks! She was 6lbs, 3oz at birth and 8lbs, 9oz at her one month. That's exciting. The doctor said if she seemed like she was going back into her super fussy, spitup, sleeplessness to call and she'd call in a script for us to try the baby Zantac. After our visit that day, we were back to a bad night of sleep. Then another. But then the last two nights have been good again. SO... I'm not sure what's going on with this little one but she's been on again, off again with her routines. Which means we've been on again, off again with sleep. Since I'm up with her during the night, on the mornings she wakes around five and insists she's up for good, James gets up with her. That's a blessing for sure.

I will say that her being my third baby has had definite perks. I feel much more confident in my parenting a baby. It also allots me time to sit each day (to nurse) that I normally wouldn't take. And people are much more willing to offer help when they see me out with the three kids (ages 3 and under) by myself. That said, I don't get out very often with all three of them by myself. It's too much work and way too tiring. Instead, I invite people to my place to visit and try to run errands when my husband can be home.

The kids are continuing to adjust. They're doing better with each other than they were. We're still having our hardest time with Benjamin. I think part of it is the fact that he's almost two (his birthday is next month), partly teeth that are coming in and then partly the change in our lives. He ADORES Sophia and you really have to watch him to make sure he doesn't smother her (literally) with hugs and kisses. But he's wanting to demand everything he wants, when he wants it and how he wants it. So we're having to direct most of our parenting energies on him right now.

Hannah continues to grow and mature. She certainly has her moments but over all it's so neat to watch her start to process and understand life better. She'll be four in May. We were praying for Japan one night and I was telling her, in kid-speak, what had happened. You could see her empathy and her prayer was so sweet. Now every time she sees a map, she asks me where Japan is. I'm beginning to look forward to doing more official homeschool stuff with her this fall.

Until next time...
Take Care,

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