Thursday, August 7, 2014

Henry is here!

I've been a little busy this summer so this post is somewhat overdue, but here it is.  Henry is here!  May 30, 2014 at 1:31 PM Henry Andrew Skrljac arrived.  He weighed 8 lbs 3.5 oz and was 19.5" long.  My delivery was a scheduled induction and thankfully everything went very smoothly.  I was discharged from the hospital the next day and my recovery has been quick and easy...I know I am very fortunate!!

The summer has flown by.  Life with a newborn has been exactly what is is supposed to be.  A lot of holding, cuddling, nursing, burping, spitting and not very much sleep.  The difference is, this time I knew what I was in for.  I don't expect to sleep through the night, so when it happens (yes it has happened a few times recently) it is a pleasant surprise.  I know this time will fly by, so when Henry wants me to feed him, that is what I do.  When Henry wants me to hold him, that is what I do.  The challenge is when Jack wants me to hold him too...That I was less prepared for.

Splitting my time between a very needy newborn and a very clingy toddler has been the challenge.  Jack has been great with Henry, he is very affectionate toward him and has shown no signs of jealousy, thankfully.  However he has also become very clingy to me.  All of a sudden he only wants me to dress him, feed him, play with him etc.  This is the hard part, because more often than not my hands are busy with Henry and I look to someone else to assist Jack.  Jack does not always like this new way of doing things which leads to tantrums, bad behavior etc.  And on top of that, we are potty training!  I try to carve out some Mommy-Jack time as often as I can, and as Henry gets older that is getting easier.  But this is certainly a transition time for our family.  The world previously revolved around Jack, now he is sharing the spotlight with his baby brother.  We are still learning how to be a family of four, and how to love and parent two kids at the same time!  

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