My little peanut has been with us for 4 weeks (as of yesterday). Wow. I feel like I say it all the time, but life sure does fly by quickly.
I'm still feeling overwhelmed by my life right now. Trying to balance two active and crazy 4 year olds who never stop talking, a needy and whiny 2 year old who also talks constantly (but I only understand about half of what she says!), and a newborn.....yikes. It's a challenge! But I know it will get easier (at least I keep telling myself that!).
I remember when Olivia was born, it was pretty easy to incorporate her into our lives. The twins were still little and things came together so easily. It's definitely more of a challenge now.
The good news is that I have three special helpers who LOVE their baby sister. They will sit next to her and talk to her, sing to her, give her a bottle, and hold her. They bring me burp cloths and diapers and ask me almost every day why my stomach is still big (this is NOT appreciated, ladies!).
I just love that last picture of Olivia and Jorja. I was a little worried about how Olivia would react when Jorja was around. Olivia has been the baby for 2 years and I've been home constantly with her for the past year. She was my baby...I called her my baby...and probably treated her a bit like a baby. I mean, she's just so stinkin' cute and such a sweetheart...I couldn't help myself! So I was worried that she would have a hard time when Jorja was born.
At the hospital, Olivia wouldn't even look at the baby. We kept trying to get her to touch Jorja, or hold her, or kiss her....she would cry and say, "NO!". For the record, she was having a rough day and was super grumpy/hungry. She just wanted to sit on Poppa's lap and ignore that new baby.
But once Olivia came home from Mimi's house, she immediately adored Jorja. She loves to hold her hand and rub her hair. She asks to hold her all the time, and once I let her hold Jorja, she doesn't want to give her up. She'll cry and say, "My baby! My baby!".
I've been trying to get the girls outside as much as possible lately. They were stuck inside so much when I was pregnant...I was just so miserable. So when Jorja is napping, we'll lock the doors and go to our yard. The girls love playing with bubbles, sidewalk chalk, their swings/slides, and digging in the dirt.
The only thing MORE fun than that is when it has rained and there is a big puddle in our driveway. To my girls, NOTHING is more fun than throwing sticks in the puddle, making mud pies, and scooping the puddle water with cups. It's messy, but they love it.
I was even able to go for a walk recently with all four girls. Jorja was in her car seat in the stroller and the other three walked. We walked about 5 blocks around our 'village' and then went to the park.
Everything was going great until Gigi and Olivia went down a yellow slide. It had a HUGE pile of water at the bottom and they slid right through it! They were soaked...so we didn't stay too long. Olivia kept telling me, "Mama! Butt is wet!".
Gianna insists on wearing sunglasses because, "The sun hurts my blue eyes!"
Olivia standing perfectly still because her butt was wet...she was not a happy girl!
This is the slide with the puddle...Maya decided to join in the fun by splashing her hands in the water.
So that's our life right now. We've survived 4 whole weeks with 4 kids!
Honestly, what I miss that most right now is having one on one time with Brooks. We haven't been out anywhere just the two of us since before Jorja was born...I'm very spoiled because my hubby takes me on date nights frequently (it's the only way I survive this SAHM gig). I'm totally craving time with just him...and we found his Mom is coming to spend the night tonight. She's going to watch all the girls so we can go out for dinner.
I can't wait!