Claire is 1 month! Actually in these pics she’s 4 weeks- almost 6 weeks old, but that’s life with 3 kids. My mother in law asked me the other day if 3 kids is as hard or easy as I thought it would be. Honestly, it is exactly as I expected it to be, a little of both. Some days I feel like super mom and other days I’m struggling to have time for a shower! Most importantly, this last month has taught me a lot.
- Be patient. Be patient with yourself and with your family. If I don’t get a shower until Josh gets home, or if the only thing I accomplished all day was keeping my kids happy, then that’s okay. I am learning to be patient with my new normal.
- It’s okay to ask for help. Bringing Claire home has been completely different than when I brought J or Lily home. Lily and Claire are only 16 mo apart, so it’s like having twins, but one is mobile and can attack the other one! For awhile I felt bad asking Josh for help, I pride myself on being able to ‘do it all’ but the reality is, I can’t. Which brings me to my next point…
- Be humble. You can’t, and shouldn’t, do it all alone. I’m learning to humble myself and accept help.
- Enjoy the slow paced days. Having a winter baby means LOTS of slow paced days because I don’t want to risk anyone getting sick. A friend said, ” you may have lots to do, but babies don’t keep.” I LOVE that! She’s so right. There’s always tomorrow, or Saturday or next month to get things done, but for now, I get to snuggle all of my children and enjoy each of their stages.
I’m so beyond grateful to be a mom and get to be home with them. I’m also grateful that they are patient with me as I navigate motherhood. There’s ups and downs, but I’m glad I have Josh on my team and these sweet faces.
I was giving Claire a bath in the below pic, and after she was dressed I just couldn’t believe how tiny she was! I love this little peanut stage.
J is still such a great big brother. He’s constantly helping me. These 2 have grown so close. the other day she was reaching for him and just wanted to snuggle on the couch.