The first two weeks of being home with the Baby were somewhat of a honeymoon. My husband was home for a week, and then my in-laws came for the following week. The house was buzzing with people and I felt safe in the comfort of numbers. Week three is here, and we’re now getting into a more real-life routine. I’m very lucky to have my amazing nanny a few days a week, which is so helpful. However, I still find myself struggling a little to adjust to the new dynamic in my household.
The Baby is as delicious as ever, and I’m enjoying her more and more every day especially as I start to feel more normal. The hard part is being pulled in so many directions. The Girl wants me to read a book to her, the Boy wants to go outside and play street hockey with me in tow, and the Baby wants to nurse, nurse, nurse. Of course she’s up at night because that’s what new little babies do. I want to do all of those things – but the one thing I have to do is breastfeed. My older kids find it annoying that the Baby eats well, almost all the time right now. I keep telling them that this is a brief phase and that her feeding schedule will settle into a more predictable routine that will allow me to do more with them. But, they’re 3 and 5 years old, and that answer is not satisfactory.
The challenge is that, while I know I should be trying to sleep when she sleeps, that really is my only time to spend time with my other kids, and do things around the house. So, yesterday, I didn’t sleep at night, or in the day, and by 5pm I thought I was going to faint. So I lay down for a while and forgot, in the process of my nap, to prepare all the documents for our taxes…which were due to our accountant today. As you can see, the title of my blog "The Balancing Act" has taken on a whole new meaning in the past few weeks. Any tips?