21 July 2011

Life With Two

Wow. I can safely say that I underestimated life with two kids. Mara is almost a month old and I am just now feeling like maybe... maybe... I will be able to handle this. Between the raging post-pregnancy hormones, sleep deprivation and just generally feeling completely overwhelmed, the past few weeks have been a bit ... okay a lot... difficult. There is light at the end of the tunnel though and I can feel it beginning to shine through.

Today I did the laundry. And, I even mopped the kitchen floor and  vacummed. Sad to say that these felt like major accomplishments while caring for a toddler and a newborn. I am generally an efficient and capable person so the past few weeks of feeling so inept and unable to do the things I normally do have been difficult, to say the least. The phrase this too shall pass keeps running through my head as I muddle through the days in a sleep-deprived haze.

It isn't all tough though. I am absolutely in love with our new baby girl. I think she is precious and I love her to pieces already. It feels like she has been with us longer than 3 1/2 weeks. I am trying to savor these newborn moments because she is growing already and I know... this too shall pass. 

Kennedy suddenly seems older and though she is demonstrating some challenging two-year old behaviors, she is a fantastic big sister.

And with that, I am off to try and catch a few hours of much-needed sleep and so I leave you with a handful of photos from the past few weeks.


Kate said...

You are doing a wonderful job, my friend -- those two little girls are so lucky to have you as their mama. And what you wrote about life with two is perfectly written -- it's so hard but so worth it, and despite what it seems like right now, we'll be looking back on this stage with sadness that it went so quickly.

Amy said...

EXCELLENT POST!!! It might have even made me tear up a little, just knowing how you feel and the challenges you are presented with. But as you said, it is also SOOO wonderful and I promise, it does get easier... with help! LOL! You can always count on your friendly neighbor! XO

Kim Allgood said...

gorgeous photos. I remember those first few weeks after each baby the most vividly. I hope you and Sean are able to get one of the grandmas to watch the kids so you can go out for a bit. Those were much needed getaways for me with the baby-daddy. ;-)

You look so beautiful!