Wednesday, December 20, 2017

My Girls : Three Months into Being A Family of Four

Birdie is three months old today! 

I cannot believe that we have made it to the three month mark. And I also can't believe that it has only been three months. This is such a weird feeling. I feel like nothing has changed. I feel like we have always had Birdie, and I cannot remember what it was like to not have her, just like I cannot remember a time before Bug. Other than sleep, of course. I do remember sleep being better. 

The struggle for balance still exists, however, I do feel like we are figuring it out more and more. I feel like there are more days than not that I have absolutely everything together. These are the days that I feel like I can be supermom and so housework, craft projects, and paint finger nails. And then the days come where nothing makes sense. Those are days that we just snuggle with books and cups of coffee. And I am learning that ALL OF IT is okay. I am learning to take off my supermom cape and to feel good about it. About whatever the day ends up looking. I have my girls and I know these times are fleeting. So I am going to make the most of it. I am even getting kind of used to this lack of sleep, spit up everywhere, mom and baby trying to understand each other though they speak two different languages while playing with a four-year-old thing. Kind of. 

What's new with Birdie : 
Birdie loves tummy time. Unless she is tired. Then she doesn't like it at all. She has learned how to roll from her stomach onto her back. And then there are days that she completely forgets how to do it and she gets so mad. Her play-mat is also a lot of fun since she is so much better at holding onto her toys. She loves to tell stories and to be part of the action - she doesn't enjoy it when she cannot see what Bug and I are doing. Birdie has discovered her hands and enjoys putting them together and watch as they wiggle around - she can stare at them for quite a while. She also found her toes the other day and that has been so much fun to watch. She smiles a lot and she loves music. She has started to phase out of her swing and we have started napping in her bed, which has been going very well! Birdie keeps us on our toes, fills our hearts with so much joy and love - we are in love with this little girl. 

How Bug is enjoying her sister : 
She is absolutely smitten with her baby sister. Bug loves to lay on the floor next to Birdie and play with her. She is also such a great help to mommy and likes to change Birdie's bum and really loves to put all the snaps together on her clothing. Bug tries to make Birdie laugh every day, she shares all of her toys, and is trying to teach Birdie how to play finger guys. Bug also really likes to snuggle her little sister and have her daily conversations with her. Bug is such a great big sister and loves being a part of her sisters life. She cannot wait until Birdie is old enough to sit so that she can properly be a goof ball in front of her. I cannot wait until Birdie starts laughing, that will definitely help fuel Bug's love to entertain.

What I am trying to overcome : 
I am still trying to get used to the idea of taking both girls outdoors. There are days when I feel like I can, and there are days that I am worried that Birdie is going to do something new and strange that I won't be prepared for. Which is silly. I know. But it stops me sometimes until I can remember to actually think about what "worst case" scenario could be (possibly crying and not stopping) and then I realize that I can actually stop her from crying and that crying without stopping is not her normal move. Then I relax and feel invincible once more. I am also still trying to remember that "me time" is extremely important during this baby phase. Since Birdie is still so little, I want to be around her all the time and I want to do all of the things. Until I wonder why I am a bit grumpy and realize its because I have been touched all day. Luckily I have a husband who will step in and grab the babe so that I can take a nice long bath. I am hoping to be brave and leave both girls with him for a couple of hours so that I can go have a Starbucks date by myself. Again, I just need to figure out what my "worse case" scenario is and properly plan for it. haha. 

Our home is busy with these two munchkins. The days go fast and the hours slow. I am soaking in all of these moments, because I know that both Bug & Birdie will grow before I know it. I am rejoicing over sleep, and snuggling the tired. I am loving bath time, and trying to figure out what all the coos and cries mean. I am teaching, and helping, and encouraging, and listening to Bug with all the daily adventures that her imagination takes her. This is a busy time in our lives and I wouldn't change it for the world. I love this little family of mine. 

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