Thursday, May 12, 2011

Life With Three

I've been meaning to blog for a while now, but life is a bit busier than usual and I was never that good at blogging to begin with. First of all, I just want to say that the transition from 2 kids to 3 has been my easiest transition EVER! Getting used to having one baby was harder than this, but getting used to two kids was sooo hard for me! And I've heard from many moms that going from 1-2 kids was the hardest, and from other moms that 2-3 was the hardest. So I did a lot of praying that going to 3 kids wasn't going to be harder than 1-2, cause honestly, that was hard enough that I probably would have had a nervous breakdown right now if this was harder! :) One thing that has been awesome is all the meals that we've received!!! I've never had people bring me meals before. Aside from my sisters and one or two close friends. But I got so many this time, it has been sooo nice!!! And Cyndi watched my kids every day for either the morning or afternoon, sometimes both, during the first week that Jeffrey went back to work!! It's been so nice to be taken care of! And again, can I just promote the placenta encapsulation!! HONESTLY IT HAS BEEN AMAZING!!! I encourage anyone who can stomach the idea to PLEASE DO IT!! AMAZING!! I have had so much energy. Aside from having to nurse my baby every three hours, I don't even feel like I had a baby!! It's been so nice!! And it's been over a month now and I still haven't had any emotional breakdowns or signs of depression. Truly a miracle!!!

Thomas is such an amazing baby!! Since day 1, he's slept long hours in the night. As short as 5 hours to as long as 9 hours. It's amazing to actually feel like I sleep through the night. Makes the day a lot more manageable! I've had some nursing/milk issues, so I've had to pump a LOT and supplement that milk to him. He lost a lot of weight after he was born and didn't make it back to his birth weight by the two week mark. After all that pumping and supplementing though, he started gaining again. I was happy about that, but I sure don't like all the time spent pumping. Plus it HURTS! He is a very mellow baby, so easy! I think I've been so lucky, because my first two were easy as well! I guess that's what I get for being an angelic baby to my own mother. She said I didn't cry for the first however months of my life. Even when I got the mumps, I just kind of whimpered. :)

The kids have adjusted pretty well to having a baby in the house. They both love him to death. They want to be around him an annoying amount of time! It's hard to leave him anywhere without having someone stopping to touch him or try to put the soother back in his mouth. I'm trying to teach them that if he's not crying, he's happy and we leave him be!!!! Haha, Jaclyn literally just stopped his swing to kiss and maul him as I wrote this. Sighh... The only time Jaclyn shows any hostility towards us or the baby, is when she gets in trouble for doing something to the baby that she shouldn't. Only then does she get jealous, by trying to hit him, or professing her hatred for him or us. It's frustrating!! It's hard to share time with three children so that none of them feel left out. Obviously I know that the baby can cry and won't feel left out if I have to choose between the baby and the older kids. But it's still hard. That's probably the only thing that's been harder this time than it was when Jaclyn was a baby. There's less of me to spread around now! Oh well. We're managing!

It's so nice have warmer weather now! We've been able to get out a few times now to enjoy the sun and let the kids run wild!! I love it and the kids love it more!! I'm so excited for this summer and all the fun things that we're going to be able to do! We've got some plans to go out to Invermere and possibly Sandpoint as well. At least the kids and I do. Jeffrey's going to be working and I'm not sure if he'll be taking any time off. But it should be fun! Nothing better than sunning and swimming!

Okay, here are a few pics of our little Tommy. Sadly, we haven't taken NEARLY as many pictures of him as we have of our other kids. It breaks my heart, but when is there time???


Alysha said...

I'm soooo happy for you that things are going much better this time round. He's ADORABLE!! It was good to see you the other day and thanks for letting me snuggle your babe

Katie H. said...

I'm glad too! (things are going much better this time round that is) See, maybe you can make it to 7 kids after all! But just enjoy your 3 for now.
And just out of Jacey wearing pants in the last picture?

Katie H. said...

And yes I misspelled curiosity.

KandyJill said...

He is Palmer through and through! Such a sweetie! And look at that proud brother picture! You can tell Jacey just loves him! Haha and I have seen Jaclyn with him... such a funny girl!

Jewels said...

congratulations!!! your little family is beautiful, and it sounds like you're doing really well! Thanks for sharing about placenta encapsulation, good info!

Ryan + Jess said...

I'm sorry we didn't come up for the reunion, too!! We were hoping and then Ryan's work has just been too crazy for him to leave. I thought about coming alone with the kids...but I just wasn't brave enough! Are you guys planning any trips down?? We MISS YOU!!!!