Time sure flies fast with two kids, and I’ve learned to type with one hand even more. How is it that Robyn is already 1 month old?
Our plan is to not have more kids after this, so it’s also become a precious time as I realize this is probably my last time to do so many things – last time to cuddle a baby of mine that is this small, hold her in the sling, nurse her easily to sleep… so everything else seems to become a lesser priority – do I really need to clean the house, grocery shop, return calls, send out more baby announcements, and pay bills? Or should I just lie here and cuddle while I can?
Iris is an amazing big sister so far, helpful and mature, without any bitterness towards Robyn yet at all. She actually had her worst tantrums in the weeks before Robyn was born, and now uses her yoga breathing and words instead of screaming almost every time she’s upset. She’s still learning in leaps and bounds, astounding us with statements like “I would like 2 of these and 2 of those, so that’s 4” and quoting an entire library book verbatim even weeks after we’ve returned it. We’re enjoying our backyard this summer, where Iris is growing tomatoes and sunflowers, playing soccer and splashing in the blow-up pool, creating elaborate imaginary scenarios with her toys, and performing songs and telling stories on the “stage”.
Robyn’s latest milestones:
- She’s a good eater, reaching 9lbs, 7.5oz at her 1 month appointment.
- She took her first bottle on Saturday from daddy. Amazing to see her looking lovingly up into his eyes as she drinks.
- She’s just starting to sleep longer than 2 hour stretches, so mommy is a little less wacky and sleep-deprived. Thank you Robyn!
- She has woken up a bit, starting the evening fussies to keep us on our toes to remember the tactics we had to use 24/7 with Iris.
- I had my first double stroller outing on Monday, to Civic Park with our new double BOB stroller (mom says that makes sense that a sturdy, strong outdoorsy stroller like that has the same name as my dad). I was outnumbered, with no Tata or Alicia to help me out with the 2 kids. Luckily I was meeting a mom’s playgroup there so I could ease into the logistics of watching/playing/finding the toilet with Iris while letting Robyn sleep on a blanket in the grass. Success!
It’s quite an adventure to learn the juggling world of parenting 2 kids – messy, chaotic, exhausting – but I wouldn’t trade it for the world. Alicia today jokingly said to Iris “can I take Robyn home with me?” and Iris said “no, then I would cry. She’s part of our family.” Well said, Iris.