Wednesday, November 20, 2013

those days

well, I'm 6 weeks in to the hardest year (or so) of my life (at least, thats what all the moms of two under two (two under 1 1/2! gulp!) have told me). and can you guess they were right? yep, good Lord in heaven, they were all right. not that i thought they were lying or exaggerating, in fact, i had tried my hardest to be mentally prepared for the days ahead. although little did it help.

and not that every day is hard or bad or painfully long. in fact, there have been some pretty awesome days.
you know the ones?
the days when you don't miss a beat.
the days when every need of your child is met at just the right minute and you get to have a shower (bonus if you wash your hair!)(bonus bonus if you get dressed!).
the days when your babies are fed a hearty and healthy breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
the days when a poopy diaper gets changed as soon as its made (i mean, you don't even get to smell thats how on top of it you are!).
tho days when your kids are napping before they get the cranks, and the laundry gets done, and the floor gets swept, and the toilet gets cleaned, and dinner is on the table for when your husband gets home.
(those days i feel like everything should be black and white, and i should have my hair up in pins with a frilly apron around my waist.)

and then you go to bed feeling pretty proud of yourself. every bit of your body is sore, but your heart is beaming. yeah, thats definitely happened.
but oh, did i forget to mention that i could probably count on one hand that is has? except for that last bit, pretty much every night is a tired body/full heart night.

and then there are other days.
the days when both babies are crying at you and there is nothing you can do about it.
the days when it seems like poop is coming out their ears and you all three need a good shower after its cleaned up.
the days when you have cereal for dinner cause the meal you had planned just set the oven on fire.
the days when you really do cry over spilled milk.
the days when you need a nap by 9:30am.
the days when two hands just aren't enough.
the days when your 19 month old tries to feed your 4 week old her cheerios.
the days when you finishing your morning coffee is your greatest accomplishment of the day.

i hate those days. but i love my babies.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

the past couple weeks...

(ps. ive had this post halfway written and saved as a draft for THREE WEEKS. its not even a "work in progress" type post. its mostly pictures! i guess there are too many poopy bums to clean and too much sleep to be had...well here it is, better late than never)

wow. these past few weeks have been quite the intense adjustment. i dont know how all you mom's of many out there do it. (i'm sure you don't quite know either, you just do everyday?) (please tell me thats true?)

i think my most favourite part of all this madness is seeing the interaction between Willow and Winnie. for now, its (obviously) one-sided, but what i see coming out in Willow just warms my heart. she is just the kindest, gentlest, sweet and loving big sister. she never had any sort of jealous or angry behaviour toward her sister. in fact, if she ever is especially cranky, all i have to do is bring her to Winnie, and she immediately melts and says "awww".  so sweet!

as for Winnie, she LOVES her baths. she could stay in that water until it gets cold. ive never seen her more content and still! ok, thats not true, shes' pretty much always like that, she is a sleepy newborn after all...

everyday, when Winnie is down for her naps, i try to do something intentional with willow. just something specific for her to learn or enjoy. for example, baking! she's not quite coordinated enough yet to scoop and pour and stir, etc. and most everything ends up on the counter or floor if i don't directly help, but she enjoys it so much! and i get oatmeal raisin cookies (with a half cup more sugar than called for! toddler fingers!) or cinnamon rolls out of the deal. yummm. 

and here are some random pictures for good measure.

winter is herrrrre! 

but the sun still shines some days, and we have a lovely conservatory that gets quite cozy! 

in spite of the long newborn nights, the double blow-out poopy nappies, the double cries of insatiable hunger, the double whines for undivided attention,  this mom of two thing is a pretty good gig. (which of course I'm saying now, because its 9:52 in the morning and no major outbreak has occurred. ask me again around 9pm tonight, that is, if i haven't fallen asleep yet...)