Hello Friends -
I thought I'd take a little time and send out an update on our transition from 3 to 4. First of all, thanks for all your comments and well wishes - they have been fun to read.
I can't believe Sean has only been with us one week. It feels longer. He has been a good baby so far. The first few nights at home were a challenge, but the last few have been as good as can be expected. Nights have been much easier with him at this stage than with my other kids. During the day, he rarely cries unless it is feeding time or he is getting tired. I know all this can change, but I am thankful that for now he has been so good! It has made the intial transition to 4 kids less overwhelming!
I am really enjoying having ONE baby! He is so fun to snuggle. The kids are enjoying him too. Mya loves holding him and asks to several times a day.
On the down side, the fact that I am getting less sleep has definately been a challenge. I find myself more irritable at the older kids and quicker to cry myself (that is a combination of horomones and little sleep - a dangerous mix!). It feels so hard to be patient (and it was already hard before Sean arrived) - yikes! I just hope all they remember from this time is how exciting it was to have a new baby and not how grouchy their momma was!
Kory has been a huge help on this end, he has taken (and will be taking) 2 days off each week until Christmas. Just having another adult around (and someone to watch the kids so I can get a nap in) is huge! Our moms have been a big help in this regard as well. The extra help makes the transition easier.
So for now I am taking one day at a time (and taking each day one moment at a time). If I look too far into the future I tend to get overwhelmed which brings on the tears. I am thankful for your prayers - they do make a difference. And I am thankful for my family. I feel very blessed.