I am almost three weeks into parenting two kids thing now, and I can safely say that I am quite terrified for tomorrow, when my amazing husband will be going back to work.
I've been trying to find a few minutes to post for more than a week and it always feels impossible. At the moment Nick and Cora are at the grocery store, while I rock Ruby in her vibrating chair with my left foot, snuggle the cat and type at the same time. Impressive mostly because she usually only likes to sleep in my arms or in the sling. And not quite as impressive as yesterday, when I swept and mopped one-handed while nursing her in the sling, but still. And Cora was napping at the moment.... But I am learning to give myself high-fives whenever I can, considering that I am definitely getting taken down a few rungs pretty regularly, and I need a little boost to get through the rest of today on the four hours of sleep that are fueling me.
I've been wanting to post pictures, and write about the cuteness of Ruby's sleepy smiles and laughs, or about the amazing and shocking things she is so precociously doing. (Oh, she's sleep-laughing right now, in between pirate-eyed peeks at me through her little left eye! So cute!)
But we'll see.... lowering my expectations for myself is the most reasonable thing to expect right now.
So instead of the post with reflections on the birth... perhaps I'll just offer a sweet little glimpse of Cora's little love fest with her new sister.
She's been pretty sweet and mostly very gentle with her. She is always asking to hold her, by holding up her hands to me. When I ask if she wants to hold Ruby she answers, "Kay," with a smile. But most of the time she will shy away when I actually try to put the baby in her lap. Lately she's been getting a little braver, and actually holding her sister for a few seconds before she starts wanting to escape. And I managed to finally capture the sweetness on camera.
I am smitten with these girls.
We'll see how I feel about them by the end of the week, after a few days of being the stay-at-home parent alone once again.