So we are now two weeks in to being a family of 5, something that still feels weird and wonderfully exciting to say out loud, and as I sit here and type, Adam has gone back to work today, and I am at home trying to catch up on some freelance work whilst Arlo naps (the juggle is real, folks!).
It is my first day of ‘flying solo’, although in reality it’s nothing like how it was having the other two children within 15 months of each other; Adam is home for the bedtime wrangle the majority of the time, and we are lucky to have help from family if I felt I was ever being pushed to the edge!
So, so far so good, and our littlest chap is still super-chilled out, despite having lulled us into a false sense of security the past two weeks by sleeping like a dream at night, only waking once to feed and then go back to sleep. Last night was, er, a little different, and Arlo decided that being wide awake between 1am and 4am was a GREAT idea, so this mum is mainlining coffee today and remembering how awful sleep deprivation is!
Still, I can’t complain too much, and to be honest this time around I just feel so much more chilled out about it all, not stressing too much about sleep (or lack of it) and really trying to soak it all up and go with the flow, especially as we know this little guy is our final squidgy newborn and it won’t be long in the grand scheme of things that he no longer needs or wants to sleep on our chests and be cuddled to sleep.
I guess that after two weeks the only thing that is in the back of my mind is to make sure I give the older two children enough attention, as at the moment I don’t think I’ve been doing a great job of that and they know it. It’s weird, and I hope I’m not the only one who thinks this once they have a new baby, but F and S suddenly seem HUGE and slightly alien to me right now- it’s as if they’ve changed overnight since the baby was born (even though I know this isn’t true), and I’m sure it’s biology and hormones doing their thing, but I really need to carve out time with them so as not to effect our bond. All I want to do right now is be in my little new baby bubble, and of course, that’s just not fair on my amazing first babies, and something I need to remind myself of.
Aside from that, Freddie and Sasha are still being fantastic with their little brother, helping to entertain him whilst I’m making tea, or running to fetch a nappy or a dummy if needed, and are both besotted.
Long may this continue!
I’ve been trying to take lots of photos of the newest member of our family, so thought i’d share some here…
…of course I’m biased but he is just dreamy!
I feel so, so happy that he’s here, and can’t imagine him ever not being now- it’s strange how quickly they become part of the family.
Happy 2 weeks, gorgeous boy!