Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Real Parents Now

Since Fisher joined our family, Harrison and I are always saying, "we're real parents now".  When we only had Jack, we felt like this young couple just playing with this cool kid everyday.
But now we occasionally have early mornings like this:
1am: Me, feeding Fisher/changing diaper
3am: Harrison taking Jack potty
5am: Me feeding Fisher/changing diaper
6am: Harrison trying to convince Jack the sun is still sleeping, and he should be too.

But we love it.
I was a little  nervous about becoming a mother of two.
Because honestly the transition from being a mom of 0 to 1 was a little tough for me.
I went from working full-time to being a stay at home mom 24 hours a day.
It took me awhile a long time to get a routine nailed down to help me feel like a productive member of society again. But this transition could not have gone smoother. Especially considering all the other craziness that was going on simultaneously.

Fisher is such a sweet baby. He is always so content to just hang out on the bed, the couch, or in his swing and let me accomplish things around the house. He is starting to smile all the time, and his nighttime sleep is coming in longer spurts all the time. He made it 6 hours the other night (woo hoo!) Just like his brother though, he won't be little for long.  As of last week, he had already gained over 3 pounds since his birth weight 6 weeks ago!

Jack is loving having a baby in the house.  He's always hugging and kissing him, and saying, "Good morning, Fisher!", "Can I hold Fisher for a second?", or my favorite, "Hi, Smiles!" haha.  And he is a great help to me, getting me Fisher's pacifier, throwing away diapers, etc.  I haven't noticed any sign of jealousy or resentment which I've heard horror stories about when a sibling enters the picture for some kids.  But we do have to monitor how much he loves Fisher.  Like when he threw a ball to him the other day wanting Fisher to catch it...I can't wait until these boys can really play together!

Harrison is loving his position here.  His first official day on the job they made him a platoon leader over 40 men.  Translation?  He's kind of a big deal. He's staying busy learning his new responsibilities, but luckily is home every night by 5:30PM.  Finally a little bit of normalcy.

My bed usual finds me in it by 10pm.  With two active boys and still doing two middle of the night feedings, I am exhausted if I don't go to bed at a decent hour.  This week I think we can say officially say we're completely unpacked and organized.  There are still so many decorating ideas I have (thank you, Pinterest) but those will have to come with time.
I love my little family!



Chris and Jane Stoker said...

Christine, Have I ever told you how AMAZING I think you are? I look up to you in so many ways and feel so privileged to know women like you! I am so happy for you guys and think of you often. I hope we might be able to see/talk soon. -Jane

Merrick said...

I'm so glad the transition to two babies has gone so smoothly! I can't wait to see more pictures of your new place!

Also, that photo of you four is gorgeous! Love and miss you!

Mallory said...

I'm so glad for blogs that let me feel like I know what you're up to, even though we're far apart! I'm so happy to see that things are going well for you, Harrison, and the boys. I keep telling the family that we need to take a trip to Washington to visit everyone!

Katie said...

WONDERFUL family picture.. I love it! Yay for your adorable family of four!

April Rebecca said...

I love this blog. Great job Christine. I love this picture too it is my wallpaper on my computer. Thank you for being such a great mom to my two adorable grandsons. Of course they have a pretty good dad too if I do say so myself.
I can't tell you how much I miss you all. Sob Sob
All my love
Mom Smith

Nikki said...

Hey Christine, I'm adding your blog to my blog list so I can keep updated on you. :) Not very many people update their blogs still so I hope you don't care if I pop in and see what you're up to! My blog is private but if you want an invite send me your email. :)

And the adjustment from 1-2 was definitely harder for me than 2-3. It's kinda crazy when you feel like a "real" family. :)