Tom started back at work last week after having time off for Fox. So I've had Bear and Fox at home with me during the day and I've had to do "night duty" so that Tom can sleep.
I have to say that now we're well into the 3rd week the novelty and excitement of a new baby has worn off and I'm feeling the toll of sleep deprivation and being constantly in demand. Fox is still new and exciting but this is hard work.
I am buried in a heap of dirty nappies bigger than I ever dreamed possible.
There is laundry hanging to dry in every corner of our house (it's been raining a lot!).
I have a lot of time for reading/blogging from 1-4am when Fox is wide awake and insisting on cuddles.
Bear is refusing to sleep during the day.
There is an ever rising level of chaos within our home.
We did survive. I am incredibly grateful for the little things Bear can do independently. I am incredibly grateful for Bear's ability to choose an activity to work on by himself. It has meant our house has been unexpectedly peaceful when I need to tend to Fox. I was expecting extreme tantrums.
Now we're heading into week 2.
So what did we do last week?
- bassinette on the floor so he can look in whenever he likes
- allow him to gently touch, kiss and hold Fox whenever he is interested
(I've only had to enforce one rule so far - "Touch the baby with your hands not your feet!")
I think things will get easier and harder. The days and weeks fly by so quickly with a newborn. I need to make sure I am enjoying my children at this particular stage. I was given an excellent piece of advice when Bear was a newborn (I can't remember who said it): "don't wish it over". Embrace the chaos - it won't last.
My name is Vicky I am wife to Ranger and mum to two boys - Bear (2) and Fox (8 months). Somehow I stumbled across Montessori and now my goal is to raise and educate my children with a Montessori philosophy in country NSW Australia.