Life Lately

Tuesday, July 14, 2015
As you can imagine, things have been a little hectic around here. Between getting into a new rhythm of being a family of four and soaking up the sweetness of summertime, I'm having trouble finding time to keep up with the blog. I'm trying to commit at least 10 minutes a few times a week to dedicate to writing because the days are fleeting and I know I'll be so happy I did in the long run.

Where to start? It's been almost two full months since Quinn entered our lives. Needless to say, it's been an adjustment but we are making huge strides. A really adorable adjustment, but an adjustment none the less. When Parker was first born it took me a couple of weeks to get out of the house. Once we did, I had some major anxiety about her getting upset in public and disturbing anyone around us. With Quinn, we were out and about just a couple days after she was born. I admit that I think I overdid it in the early weeks, trying to keep up with the housework, errands,  being there 100% for both of the girls and basically trying to keep up with my life as it was pre-baby numero dos. It all caught up to me around week 4 and 5 and I was EXHAUSTED. That's when I decided to slow things down and just soak in the days with Quinn while she's still so small. No one looks back on their maternity leave and thinks about how clean the house was, so I'm trying not to stress about it and just enjoy this time.

We decided that it was best for Parker to continue going to daycare during the week so that I can focus on Quinn and catching up on sleep. Parker loves to play with her friends and she gets to participate in so much more than she would be able to if she stayed home with us. The fact that it tires her out for an 'easy' bedtime doesn't hurt either. And of course if it's a nice day, she plays hookie so we can spend the day at the pool or at home playing outside while Quinn hangs out in the shade. At this point it doesn't take much to entertain Quinn so she's perfectly content sitting in her car seat listening to the birds and watching leaves blow in the wind. I'm not sure if we will be having another baby so I am trying to make the most of this maternity leave and take advantage of the time off to hang with the girls making memories.

Now that we are rounding the second month, Quinn and Parker's sleeping patterns have finally settled into somewhat of a routine which makes a WORLD of a difference (for everyone). We still have the occasional night when the girls take turns crying throughout the night but they are very rare. Quinn stays snuggled up with Matt and I in bed for now because let's be honest, I am at the lazy stage where I can't bear to walk to the nursery out of a dead sleep to nurse multiple times throughout the night. She also sleeps on her side facing towards me and it's impossibly adorable so we'll keep her there for now. ;)

As for myself, I feel like I'm in a good spot. I'm getting more rest, am getting in exercise at least three times a week and have mastered when to eat before the little one demands my undivided attention (probably the biggest learning curve). I've lost all but 8 lb. of my pregnancy weight which I'm not terribly concerned about because I'm sure they'll be around until I am done breastfeeding.

So that's my dissertation on the first two months thus far! I plan on doing more in depth posts on Quinn & Parker updates and also a postpartum update down the road. It's amazing to me how quickly you learn and get in a routine that works for you once you bring home the little game changer. The first few nights you question if you will be able to do it, and weeks later both you and the baby are making huge strides. I am embracing all of the ups and downs now because I know how quickly a year can go by. 

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