It's 2pm on a Saturday and I am the only family member not enjoying an afternoon snooze. There are clothes to wash, dishes to unload, thank you notes to write, paperwork to organize, phone calls to return, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera...but I opted to update the blog. Why? Because I received the sweetest card from my dear friend, Diane. In that card, Diane congratulated us on the arrival of Baby Lydia and she told me that she's disappointed that I haven't been feeling well and she hopes I start feeling better so I can update the blog more frequently because she enjoys it so much. Wow! She dishes out a Catholic guilt trip that rivals my mom's! I'm only kidding (insert uncontrollable giggles here). Her kind words meant the world to me and they reminded me of how much I truly do enjoy blogging so Diane, this update is for you!
So how are we adjusting to life as a family of five?
Quite well thanks to my mom and sister. You see, they've come to spend the whole month with us to help with the adjustment and that's especially important because I had a C-section and I'm not supposed to be lifting more than 10 lbs. They make sure I've always got someone around to lift the older girls into their car seats, stroller, toilet, bath tub, etc. In addition to providing the best childcare available, my mom has also been happily helping with laundry and cooking which means I can focus on recovery and taking care of our sweet bundle of joy. Words cannot express my gratitude to my mom and Leanne!
How are the girls adjusting to their new baby sister?
Josie is relatively indifferent. She points and says "Baby Lydia!" and she carefully warns "gentle hands" when reaching out to touch her, but overall, Josie just goes about her business and ignores the baby.
What about Little Mother Hen?
As you may have predicted, Merryn relishes in her role as a big sister. Every morning she asks "Where's Baby Lydia?" and she makes a beeline for the bassinet. She is constantly talking about how she's going to teach Baby Lydia about letters and numbers and walking and using the potty...which would be easier to do if that darn infant would just stay awake and pay attention! When Merryn does get a glimpse of Lydia's blue eyes in an open position, she immediately capitalizes on the opportunity to love on her, play with her, and of course, drill her with flash cards...
Are there any issues with jealousy?
I'd be lying if I said we hadn't seen an increase of Merryn in "Thelma" mode (Thelma is Merryn's ornery alter ego. For more details, click HERE). As much as she dotes on her baby sister, Merryn takes all the necessary steps to ensure that she's receiving adequate amounts of attention throughout the day. For example, here is my attempt to photograph Baby Lydia for a birth announcement...
Oh Thelma! You've gotta love her!
How's Aunt Leanne?
Aunt Leanne is doing great! She maintains that Baby Lydia is her best birthday gift. That's right - Aunt Leanne recently celebrated her birthday and in true postpartum, sleep-deprived, frazzled-mother-of-three fashion, I forgot to bring my good camera to her party. But I captured the moment with some sub-par cell phone shots as we gathered to enjoy some pizza, cake, and ice cream and celebrate the world's best aunt!
Overall, we're doing really well and are so grateful to have another sweet baby girl in the family. Lydia is doing her best to make sure the transition from family of 4 to family 5 is as smooth as possible with her delightful temperament. We appreciate all of the well wishes and kind words from our beloved blog followers. We will do our best to update you again soon!