3.04.2008

Alas, no new pictures to post. My camera is letting me down these days and refusing to let me upload pictures to my computer. And I don't have the patience, energy or mental fortitude to figure out why right now. :)

Anyway, life is good but very tiring and demanding. WHY did I ever think that taking care of one little newborn was hard, back when Charlie was just weeks old??? Elliot, aside from the demanding feeding and changing schedule, is a piece of cake. It's Charlie who is constantly wearing me out. THANK GOODNESS he continues to be a 12-hr a night sleeper + a 2-3 hour / day napper. Elliot is doing well and seems to be following in big brothers footsteps in terms of sleeping, only waking up once to eat between 10:30/11pm and 7am. Although I am the "mean" mom who stuck him in the back of the closet on about Day 5 (I can only hear the really loud screams from my bed) so that might have something to do with it. :)

I honestly cannot believe how little time I have for anything these days. I can't keep the house clean or even really straight, laundry piles up, emails go unanswered and phone calls are seldom returned, the checkbook needs to be balanced, and groceries need to be purchased. I don't even really have time to shower. And I also cannot believe how hard it is has been to keep Elliot safe from Charlie. So far he's almost been fed a small piece of chewed-up rubber ball (thanks Tyke), nearly had his eyes poked out on numerous occasions and there have been many, MANY times where Charlie has literally almost fell or jumped directly on top of him. AAHHH. This is what really contributes to my lack of ability to accomplish anything. Thankfully this time around my expectations were much more realistic - I didn't really plan on being able to accomplish much at all these first few weeks and so I'm not depressed or disappointed in myself in like I was with Charlie, which has been a huge relief. Also, I have really realized my inability to save myself from the demands of this new life we have...so I've prayed constantly that I'll have the strength and patience to handle whatever comes my way during the course of the day and wonder of wonders, my prayers have been answered! Somehow I am not too exhausted and life really seems OK. It's been amazing to see my prayers answered and feel supernatural strength coming my way every day. When I am weak, then I am strong...

I already love being the mother of these two precious little boys. We are so blessed to have them and really, that is the constant feeling around our house these days: amazement at just how blessed we are! God is so faithful and GOOD!

Hopefully I'll be back soon with some new pictures. Elliot is 3 weeks old tomorrow and he's already changed so much. Everyone thinks he looks like me, which is fun, considering Charlie has been a mini-me of Ryan since the day he was born!

5 comments:

posey said...

em---it is po. elliot is sooooo cute!!! it sounds crazy, i can only imagine!!! hang in there....please post more pics soon. from the ones i saw, i do think he looks like you. i finally updated my blog, amazing!!! check it out, there are new pics.

Katherine Maxey said...

Emily- Your post brought back a flood of memories. The best thing we ever did was set up a pack and play in the den and park AB there most of the day. That way Will couldn't get to her and try to kill her :) I'm so glad Elliot is a great sleeper! You can do anything with a good nights sleep!

Candace Piepgrass said...

Elliot is adorable, and to answer your question about Stoller Strides, yes 2 year olds are allowed. There are several women in the class who have double strollers, and don't worry you don't have to push your kids around the entire time. A lot of the time they just watch you do push ups, run, and exercises with those rubber band things. They have a website, www.strollerstrides.com Check it out and see if there is a class near you. If not maybe you can convince Ryan to buy you a franchise so you can start a class of your own :) Sounds like the perfect Emily activity.

Marlo said...

I am so so happy for you guys. And I still can't wait to meet Elliot. I remember those crazy days, and I had a relatively calm 2 yr. old girl administering the busy-ness. So I can only imagine how compounded it is for you. Hang in there!

Libby & Colin said...

emily--i know it's hard! it may not get easier, but you will get better at dealing with the two of them :) put up new pics soon--elliot does look like you!