A quick how's-it-going update:
We are all finding our way through to our family's new normal day by day. I'm so grateful that the big sisters have each other to play with while I tend to Nora, and my family and husband have been so helpful to share the load with me. The hardest moments are when I'm on my own and all three daughters need something at the same exact time. Those moments of utter chaos are spaced out, and, for the most part, things are going way better than I was expecting. (I tend to keep low expectations for the big changes that happen in my life, preferring instead to be prepared should the worst happen...and pleasantly surprised if things go better than expected.)
Delia's Date Day: A trip to the cupcake shop! (Ignore the saggy, baggy eyes...Nora was just three weeks old here! Oh sleep, how I miss thee.... Instead, please notice the cute sassiness that is this middle child o' mine. Holy moly.)
Emery's Date Day: Pink House tea party with the besties! Princess attire a must, obviously. ;)
Nora is nursing great, figuring out night vs. day pretty quickly, and we are learning her preferences and routine. She does not, I repeat, does NOT enjoy the hiccups. ;) Emery and Delia are patient with her and are pretty smitten, actually. We've tried really hard to carve out time to spend individually with each big girl to remind them that they are noticed, and we can tell that helps fill up their little love tanks.
Playing outside with my beautiful big girl.
Amazing how a quick just-with-Mommy trip to the grocery store can fill up a little love tank.
Beauty Shop Day while the baby napped! Copied this idea from a friend. The girls got manis, pedis, massages, and were decked out in Mommy's jewelry and princess tutu attire...they loved it!
Attempting to bake cupcakes with all three...'twas insane. But, we tried. ;) And, about 15 minutes after this, everything fell apart. Keeping it real, folks. Was not our finest hour...err, day.
A trip to see "Frozen" with Emery and some sweet friends, while Delia was on a special trip to Mimi's house.
All in all, these first six weeks have been a blur of finding our new routine as a family of five. And, on the other side of it, it's been a pretty great blur.
If only I could find time to shower regularly....