Thursday, April 29, 2010

Blog, Interrupted

So this is not the be-all, end-all post that describes everything I am thinking and feeling about our beautiful new daughter and the changing dynamics of our family. This post is the one I can manage tonight to get me back into the blogging game.
First of all, let's start with an NTB . . . The hubby has a deal closing tomorrow and has to work super late tonight. Not bragging about the deal, mind you, but about my ability to get all three children to sleep by myself without losing my shit.
Now on to my Sweet P. So much to say, but for now I will just say that she is truly sweet. She eats well, sleeps often, and is seldom fussy. NTB and KOW (knock on wood). She has dark hair, emerging dimples, and long, elegant fingers. We are totally in love with her.
I will add that it's a pleasure dressing her every day. Girl clothes are "so much cuter."

Even the sleepers have extra details, like feet that look like shoes!
Bub and Little Bit are super enthusiastic big brothers. The give her many kisses, most of them wet and sticky. They enjoying hovering about an inch from her face when she is sleeping, resting, or having her diaper changed.

The observation deck. Bub tells me, "Put her in the 'plack' and play and let her squirm around."

When Little Bit wakes up in the morning or after nap, he starts wandering around saying, "Baby? Baby? Baby? Baby?" (pronounced Bee-Bee) until he finds Sweet P.
The other day I was holding a sleeping Sweet P and Bub and Little Bit were fighting over who could sit closest to me and her. I tried to talk Bub into giving the prime close-to-sister spot to his younger brother, and Bub protested, "But I'm the guy who loves her the most." That just killed me.

Daddy and "the guy who loves her the most."

[Note: All of the above was written on Thursday evening, shortly before Little Bit woke up and started screaming his head off. Now it's Monday evening, and I am determined to finish this post.]

Since Thursday, I've totally forgotten my mental blueprint for this post so I will just share a few more disjointed observations, add in some (already outdated) photos, and press "publish post."
* Hubby and I cannot believe how big our Little Bit looks ever since we came home from the hospital with Sweet P. I feel like I am changing a first grader's diaper these days.
* The boys are being very sweet to Sweet P. She had a cranky period earlier this evening where she was crying as I got her jammies on her. They were so worried. One ran and got a pacifier. The other grabbed the bottle she had abandoned earlier in the evening.
* The boys are not being very sweet to one another, which is tough. I know it's a stage and part of the transition, but it's frustrating that any time I leave the two of them in a room together, within two minutes, one of them is screaming. Little Bit has taken to screaming "MINE!!!" and then screeching. I'm noise sensitive anyway so sometimes I would love to be able to press a button and turn down their volume.

Hard to believe these buddies are so skilled at torturing each other.

* The most repeated phrase in our household after Little Bit was born was "Gentle, gentle." The new most common phrases are: "Give her some space." "Back off a little, boys." "Guys" (said in pleading tone)
* The boys CANNOT leave the baby stuff alone, whether or not Sweet P is using her stuff. The swing gets swung. The "plack" and play gets rattled. The bouncy seat gets bounced.

Just warming the swing up.

Who me? I'm not the one shaking baby's bed. I do not hear the words "no" or "stop."

"Sweet P"? "Sweet Cheeks" may be more fitting.

Cuddled up with Aunt Shell. Check out the socks and peek at those long fingers.
All in all, our transition from two to three kids has been smoother than expected. Sure, these days are long and full and tiring, but I feel really good, really happy, and really, really lucky.


LoveFeast Table said...

Congrats on your newest addition!! Isn't it wild to have a burst of pink in your house? I had three boys, then a girl and I couldn't get over how pink changed our landscape!
She's beautiful!
And thanks for stopping by our Table!

LAP said...

Very sweet. You give a very good description of Bub and Little sounds very similar to what we experienced over here. I worried that our little Wookie would get shaken baby syndrome from her sisters shaking the pack and play while I, God forbid, took time to go to the bathroom or something. Can't wait to meet Sweet P. Sooooo cute.

Stacia said...

So good to hear your voice tonight. Sweet P is beautiful! And her eager big brothers are beaming in so many of those pictures. I can only imagine how much of a temptation the swing must be for little hands, along with the "plack and play"! =>

Actchy said...

"But I'm the guy who loves her the most."

This started a brief crying jag over here. I'm sure you are unsurprised.

I am so out of date with my blog reading and commenting and upkeep...

Maggie said...

I'm glad you took the time to update on your growing family, you have some of the best looking kids around! Sounds like everything is going as well as possible; I'm so happy for MEP's world!

msh said...

oh so happy to read this and catch a glimpse of your life so far with 3. you are amazing, and your gratitude emanates from your words. absolutely can't wait to see you soon and meet miss sweet p. sending lots of love to the family of 5!

PITA said...

"the guys who loves her the most" is just too precious. i can just see bub saying it. sweet p looks just about perfect with her full cheeks. i can wait to meet her in person!

CaraBee said...

Thank you for the update! I love that Little Bit and Bub are so enamored of their baby sister.

We've had a rash of newborns in my playgroup lately and I am amazed by how absolutely wee they are. And little girl clothes? So much fun. Just wait until she gets a little older and you can put her in adorable little dresses and shoes. It's the best.

Miss Welcome said...

Thanks for filling us in. Soooooo cute!

E... said...

So glad for this update. You're giving me hope that I CAN indeed handle a brood of three. And when the littlest is so cute, how can it NOT be worthwhile. Love that the boys are loving her, and hoping that they get better on the squabbling with themselves. Or that they figure out how to monitor it themselves.
Thanks for the sweet photos.

dusty earth mother said...

I'm sooooo happy you're back, Mep!! And your family is so stinkin' cute, I can't stand it. Congrats, mama!!

Anonymous said...

Your children are absolutely adorable and I love your stories! Welcome back to the blogging! Rita

Sarah D said...

Great post, love to see the pics of the boys and Sweet P.

"I'm the guy who loves her the most"? He's killin' me.

Hooray for babies and hooray for big brothers!

We've been talking more about trying for another, L says she would be a great big sis. She said she'll give the baby a bath, give him/her a bottle and if the baby is tired he/she can sleep in her room on her 'ground.' We're moving next week and we said maybe at the new house we can have a new baby. She said, 'Mom, I'm pretty sure if the people have a baby, they have to take it with them.'

Trooper Thorn said...

I want one of those padded play areas to roll around safely in. Why do babies get all the cool stuff?

Steph said...

I'm looking forward to meeting Sweet P soon! Congratulations to you all, and especially on getting all 3 to bed by yourself! What precious memories.

Stacia said...

I just held my older son's hand in mine today and marveled at how big, how kidlike, it looked. Six days ago, before his brother was born, I thought of him as a baby, my baby. But he is 100% little boy. When did that happen??

Hope you are doing well! Thinking of you.

Tracey - Just Another Mommy Blog said...

Sigh.... I remember.... And honestly, I don't know WHY it's taking you so long to post again! I mean, REALLY! Such a slacker.


Hope all is going well! The weather is supposed to be beautiful - Hope you can get out and get some sunshine!

Heather said...

I'm not sure how I missed this post, but miss it I did (until today, that is).

Oh my word, your babies are precious! The boys are adorable and that baby girl just looks plain edible (in a non-canniballistic way, I mean). I'd be nibbling those sweet cheeks and toes and fingers all day long!

So glad to hear you're doing so well, and that she's such a good baby.

The Empress said...

Lovin' these pictures. You all are having so much fun with her!!

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