I now realize why maternity leave exists - you need at least 6 weeks to get your bearings after adding a new member to your family. Hence, I've been on a little unanticipated maternity leave from blogging. There is rarely a spare moment in the day in which both kiddos are occupied/sleeping and there are not 100 other household chores to attend to. I'm a very schedule oriented person - just ask Mama Hop. I left her an hour-by-hour schedule of Josie's daily activities while I was hospitalized. She promptly disregarded it and used it as scrap paper but anyway...I'm working on revising my rigid but effective schedule that worked with Josie to include little Merryn. We're getting there but until then, we may be noticeably absent from the blogosphere.
Several people have inquired about the origin of Merryn's name. Being notoriously indecisive Libras, Travis and I struggled to come up with ideas. It was important to me to have an established name (at least 100 years old) but I didn't want anything too popular. That's when my friend, Leslie, suggested I check out the list of saints for inspiration. That's where the inspiration for her daughter, Genevieve's, name came from. So I did and I stumbled upon Merryn...and I Googled some more and I found this lovely coastal village in England named for St. Merryn:
It instantly earned a spot on my bucket list of vacation destinations.
Josie is absolutely fascinated by her baby sister. She says "baby" proudly and has shown no signs of jealously.
This can likely be attributed to the fact that she has had 100% of her daddy's attention for the last week and he is oodles of fun!
In a nutshell, it's been a wild ride at our house but we're loving every minute. Thanks for all your kind words and well wishes. Hang in there - we'll be back with lots more adventures from Catfish with Ketchup, Banana Split, and of course, Aunt Leanne!