Adjusting to Life as a Family of Five

We are two weeks into life with a newborn and I woke up today feeling rested for the first time since the baby was born. It’s been a rough adjustment!

People always say that going from one kid to two kids is tougher than two kids to three kids. The verdict is still out around here. There are some things that are easier (only one in diapers whereas last time we had two in diapers at one time), but other things are tougher. The biggest thing? We aren’t getting any younger! We are definitely feeling our age with the sleepless nights.

Our little squishy is waking up every two hours or so to eat. Thankfully he’s nursing like a champ and we don’t have any issues there, but the lack of sleep has been tough to handle. This too shall pass…

The “big kids” are in LOVE.

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Little Miss (3 years old) runs in the door after school every day wanting to hold “her baby”. She has been such a big helper and absolutely adores him. The Mini Athlete (4 years old) loves him too, but is a little more indifferent. He wants to say hi to him, then he’s on to playing with his toys. I’m thankful that neither of them are jealous of the baby. They’ve had to go through quite an adjustment too but they are doing VERY well considering.

I have eight weeks of maternity leave and I’m so thankful for that. I have been doing some work from home (it’s a busy season at the non-profit where I work) but it’s entirely because I WANT to, not because I’m required to. I am thankful for a job that I love! I am trying to remember to take it easy though and enjoy this time. It goes by WAY too quickly. Speaking of which, I’m going to take some time now to snuggle with this baby on my chest…

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What were some of your biggest adjustments when adding a baby to your family – whether your first baby or subsequent siblings? 

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  1. Beth

    I ready a blog post today by Shay Shull where she discusses how the Big Adjustment happens with a different kid in different families. For me, it was my first. Totally rocked my world! Congratulations on your new baby.

  2. Reenie

    Oh wow…. I haven’t checked in on you lately. Congrats on your new baby. Lil Miss and Mini Athlete sure have grown. Adorable kids. 🙂

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