How can two weeks feel like such a long time? Today Mason is two weeks old and in many ways it feels like he’s been here a lot longer. We’ve been home from Children’s Hospital less than a week. He weighs 7 lbs 8 oz and is doing well. He still has the darkest blue eyes I’ve ever seen, and loves to be held like this.
A nurse came to check him over yesterday and she was surprised to see all my children. I think the abundance of little ones is what surprised her the most. I was thinking about it and depending on how you want to say it you can describe my family as having:
- three children under age 3 (2, 1, and newborn) plus four more siblings
- four children age four and under (4, 2, 1, newborn) plus three more siblings
- six children under age 8 (7, 6, 4, 2, 1, newborn) plus a 10yo
- seven children under age 11 (10, 7, 6, 4, 2, 1, newborn)
How is everyone adjusting to the new baby?
Caleb is still not happy with his new place in the world. He doesn’t mind Mason himself. His problem is that Mommy’s arms are occupied by Mason. He likes to climb on my lap to remind everyone it’s his spot.
Oliver really doesn’t mind Mason but he is also not interested in him. He’s too busy being Oliver.
Daniel is having a bit of an adjustment and it shows. He’s trying to see what he can get away with, grabbing things he’s not supposed to play with (like my camera), and closing his eyes and walking away like he can’t hear you when you tell him to do something. The little turkey!
Emma seems fine, though she’s not comfortable with Mason. She avoids him when he’s crying, asks to hold him and changes her mind before you hand him over, and just seems a bit uneasy with the whole baby thing. She’s also frequently saying “That’s boring” when you offer activity ideas at her request.
Joseph enjoys Mason. He likes to hold him and talk to him. He also is happy to go play with his Legos and leave the baby alone.
Makayla is the little mommy. She wants to hold Mason, helps when he’s getting a diaper or needs cathed, and is asking to feed him a bottle. She’s a big help with Mason and with the other younger children. I’m trying not to take too much advantage of that, letting her help some and then sending her off to play, read, or relax.
Well, my children are all up for the day so I’m off to enjoy them!