Saturday, July 05, 2008

Life so far...

Wow. So, getting used to 2 kids has been fun and challenging and interesting. Carson has been doing pretty well. We have good moments and bad moments. The good moments are when he wants to hold her, kiss her gently, bring her toys, play peek-a-boo. The bad moments are when he comes up and slaps her on the stomach, shakes her pack 'n play violently (while she's inside), tries to pry her eyes open b/c he's decided she's done sleeping, literally crawls all over both Sydney and me while she's eating, and generally disobeying and pushing the limits in many ways.

As previously posted, I, personally, have kind of been dreading the logistical side of having a newborn. For me, it is all about the sleep people. I am tired and cranky if I get 7.5 hours instead of 8-9, so you can imagine how I do on 4-5 in short spurts. However, Sydney's personality and sleeping pattern, like her entrance into this world, have been the opposite of her big brother. She sleeps a LOT. The doc thinks it is partly due to the fact that she is a little early. This sounds like a dream, but I've spent much of the past 9 days in a building frustration, trying to wake this limp, peaceful child so she will eat and gain weight. (Carson didn't gain his birthweight back until almost 6 weeks. It was a kind of a dangerous thing, and I am not willing to risk that with Sydney.) So we are pretty consistent about getting food into her. As with many newborns, she didn't get the memo about OUR sleeping schedule and wanted to party and eat all night and sleep all day; but the last few nights, she's done pretty well. In fact, I've had to wake her a few times at night too.

One really nice thing is that when she is awake, she has lots of times when she is awake and content. Those two adjectives didn't go together with newborn Carson--probably because he was starving! When she does get worked up, she's fairly easy to calm down so far too. I'm just crossing my fingers that the mellow Sydney we've met this last week is the Sydney that is here to stay. I know these things can change in a day.

Here's a great video of a "good" moment between C-dog and Syd. Here he is telling her a story. Just a little background: each night Trent or I tell Carson a story with the main character(s) of his choosing. Lately he's been asking for the 4 main characters he uses here. Also, he calls the swingset in the back yard the "play park." We've found ourselves here many mornings lately...all of us lounging around in a tired stupor on the unmade bed, enjoying the cool air before it gets warm. Even though Sydney was dead to the world, it didn't stop Carson from wanting to be on camera.

5 comments:

woosterweester said...

Those two are ADORABLE! And I do hope "laid back" Sydney is here to stay. I so remember the emotional pendulum swinging back and forth between "Oh, I feel so blessed to have two beautiful kids" (happy tears) and "WHAT IN THE WORLD WAS I THINKING HAVING TWO KIDS?!?!" (sobs of frustration) Uh, yeah. Been there. I'm just a blog away, so never hesitate to post an S.O.S. if needed. You can even code name it something subtle like "Brazenlily going down in flames today" or something catchy like that.:) I'm praying for you during this wonderful/overwhelming time!:)

Jim said...

Is it wrong that when I got to the part of your blog about Carson's request for the four main characters in his story, I was desperately hoping that I was one of the four?

Any my dream came true! I love that kid.

And Sydney is beautiful.

Diane Davis said...

I didn't realize Carson is so verbal... nor did I realize he likes to make out with his sister. Just kidding. I can see how utterly challenging and completely awarding it would be with two young ones. Love you.

roylabun said...

I like how Carson is already one o' the guys - what story does he choose to tell his baby sister? Something about "Daddy and Eric and Mike and Jim..." ;=)

Anonymous said...

All I can say is i am right there with you sister! When you are up at 3 am...i am up...when you are frustrated...i am too!!! We are literally in the same boat right now! Let's think of each other when we feel slone in these moments of wonderful, mind-numbing exhaustion! Love ya!
-Kel