I survived my first week with two children (and the husband back at work). Last Friday was my first day and we even made it to playgroup for 9:30am and the day went quicker and easier than I expected. Monday to Thursday this week have gone ok too. Don’t get me wrong it’s not been easy. The ladybird was later than usual to nursery on Monday and Tuesday, we missed playgroup yesterday as the tiny one started screaming for a feed just as we were about to leave the house and we’ve had moments where both children have needed or wanted me at the same time. The ladybird is doing reasonably well this week. We’ve had a quite a few moments where she has got jealous of the tiny one when she is feeding (which most days this week feels like the majority of the time) and has been clingy/upset or worse tried to hurt the tiny ladybird. I know she is still getting used to a big change but by the time my husband gets home from work I’m exhausted and sometimes stressed.
I read a blog post that really resonated with me and was so well timed. The post is called Bookworms and babies – on keeping your hobbies, post birth. The tiny ladybird is 3 weeks old already and I have limited “me time” (I’m writing this one handed as she feeds, unsure if I’ll finish it in time) but I know I need to try to find small windows of time to do the things I love in order to stay happy and calm.
Nothing current. All the shows I love have finished but we are still working our way through a lot of stuff we recorded during pregnancy (when I was going to bed ridiculously early).
One that stuck out for me this week was a BBC series from earlier in the year called Hugh’s war on waste. I’m a big fan of Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and the river cottage shows and books. It was mostly about food waste but also touched on clothes and recycling in general. I hate throwing out food so I probably wasn’t the target audience. Nether the less, we are not perfect and it has made me thing more about reducing our food waste further. I’d love to do some blog posts on using up leftovers/meal planning etc.
I suppose it is watched more than heard but I enjoyed Adele’s Glastonbury set.
The ladybird has made me laugh a few times this week with things she has said.
Ladybird: “where’s my mermaid?
Me: “Daddy took it back to your bedroom”
Ladybird: “he’s a silly boy” (said very seriously).
Me: A has two babies at home, a brother and a sister. How many babies do you have?
The ladybird: One’s enough (said very seriously)
Whilst I was feeding the tiny ladybird, she came and sat next to me with her doll, lifted up her top and said “My baby needs her milk but I’ve got no boobies”
On leaving the park
“One more, last one time”
I can’t think of any thing worth writing about here. We’ve all been wearing our usual clothes, although with a newborn in the house we are going through a lot more clothes in a day! The tiny one is still living in cute and comfy babygrows.
I cooked egg fried rice on Monday night. This has become a bit of a regular thing on a monday night as it is great for using up any leftover meat from a Sunday roast. I enjoy cooking but obviously at the moment I’m not doing as much. Mondays and Tuesdays , the ladybird is in nursery so I’m trying to cook one of these nights (something simple still). The days when I am on my own with the two ladybirds we are sticking with warming up the meals I made in advance from the freezer (as the tiny one is often feeding around this time and the ladybird is usually tired and acting up).
It really is the little things that make a difference. Yesterday I was so excited as the tiny one let me sleep 4 and a half hours in a row! After three weeks of not getting more than 2 hours at time this felt amazing. Unfortunately she was then unsettled the rest of the night, so I still only got my new normal of 6 hours sleep but some how it still better because of the first longer stretch (it’s usually 3 two hour blocks of sleep).