blessings abound

I’ve mentioned before that I do not know how any of you do it. How DO you get anything done?! Especially if you have more than one? My goodness. I stand up and apologize right here and right now to EVERY mama I have ever cared for as a patient or ever taught in Lamaze. I have always said you should sleep when baby sleeps…the books all say that, too. Quite frankly, this is a load of bull. When else are we to get basic life stuff done? I’ve also always said don’t let people come to visit when your baby is a newborn unless they are coming bearing gifts or food as you will be tired, etc. Both of these pieces of advice are not realistic…maybe in some alternate universe….but not here! The fact of the matter is that I have OCD and all of this laundry is FREAKING me out so there is smoke coming from my laundry room (and the dishwasher, too!)….and as for company? Are you kidding me? Of course it’d be nice to streak around the house in my underwear but it was even nicer to have Grandma and Nana here to take those 5 am feedings for almost three weeks!! Not to mention how awesome it was that baby brother aka boy, his wife Linden and my nephew Colt surprised us for a ten day visit. AWESOMESAUCE! I’ve mentioned in the past I have always dreamed of my brother and I raising children at the same time…these cousins are going to grow together and get in trouble together! My older brother’s wife, Michelle and my niece, Katia drove 11 hours (ONE WAY, mind you) to meet Miss Lainey, too! We have been so, so loved on! So, yeah….I definitely take back the rules. The rules that they taught me to teach all the mama’s and daddy’s out there about sleep and visitors and such. I’m not sure what the best way is other than somehow just do your best….and take lots of pictures!!

Speaking of being loved on. Just a few of some of the beautiful things that have happened since Lainey’s birth….

Starting when we got home, things continued to arrive to help us! People came to the house with baby clothes and other hand-me-downs, so that we could care for Lainey! The very first evening Adam went out to get something from the car and came across a box of baby girl stuff on the porch….still not sure where that came from! Our neighborhood did a “porch shower” the weekend after she was born. We had never heard of this but it was so amazing. It was on a Sunday (in a blizzard!!) and gifts just appeared on our porch at random times throughout the day. It was great as we got things we needed and we didn’t need to go anywhere! My sister/sisters-in-law held a “mail” shower right away and gifts started arriving right away that we needed! I have already shared about our milk buddies….all I am going to say is that not only have they been a huge blessing nutritionally for Lainey but this is a huge financial blessing for us. Thank you, thank you. $4 per ounce was very painful. My nurses are throwing us a shower next Saturday-we can’t wait to show Lainey off some more! People have brought food which has been wonderful….especially during the times when our house and all the beds (and then some!) were full!

I’ll leave you with some pictures:

Lainey meeting Auntie Kim

Lainey meeting Auntie Kim

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Lainey meeting Auntie Kim

Lainey  meeting Grandma via Skype

Lainey meeting Grandma via Skype

Lainey meeting cousin Colt via Skype

Lainey meeting cousin Colt via Skype

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First bath!

First bath!

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First Superbowl

First Superbowl

Her bow is actually adhered with "girlie glue" which we joked we technically could lick off at the end of the day as all it contains is agave nectar, corn syrup and  sugar!

Her bow is actually adhered with “girlie glue” which we joked we technically could lick off at the end of the day as all it contains is agave nectar, corn syrup and sugar!

 

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