Thursday, April 1, 2010

Family Pictures and Life

Here are a few of my favorites from our family photo shoot. So fun. The kids weren't always cooperative, but overall it turned out well.


In other news, I am still in survival mode over here. My house is in complete shambles most of the time, we're lucky if we have clean clothes to wear. My big kids have not been bathed in a week, yes I said a week, I'm a horrible mother. The baby has become a bit of a difficult baby in recent weeks and it wears me out. She's usually pretty good in the morning and takes good naps during the day (usually, today, not so much). But, the evening is tough, she cries a lot and needs constant attention. She also does not like her carseat or the car much at all, she eventually settles down, but spends lots of time in the car screaming. Dinner time has become my least favorite time of the day, its too hectic! I want to cry every time I realize its time for me to make dinner. I plan to do crockpot meals to ease my stress, and I inevitably forget. Luckily, she loves me sleepy wrap thing and it can usually calm her and allow me to have my hands free to get a few things done. She has good nights and bad, usually only 3 hour stretches, but occasionally longer. Then there are nights like last night where it was every hour or two. And some nights she cries until the wee hours when she finally collapses in exhaustion. We're working on it, and have found a few things that tend to help, but any suggestions would be appreciated! I think she may have a little reflux or something maybe, or maybe that's me hoping it is something that can be fixed and not just colic. Luckily, I am still enamored with her and forgive her for my exhaustion, she's too cute to be mad at! And Ryan is a great help, he takes the evening shift and sends me to bed around nine and will take care of her until she is settled down for the night, and feed her her last feeding, so that I can get a good stretch so I can make if through the wee morning hour feedings. So, the gist is, we are surviving, but not thriving yet! Hopefully soon I will get the hang of all of this and live in a clean house with clean children who don't watch movies all day...someday! So some slack is appreciated. :)

7 comments:

TEISHA said...

Your pictures are adorable! You need to send your kids over for a playdate. Emmy would love it. I promise things will get better! Having a newborn is so hard but so worth it. Good luck! Please call if you want to send the kids over for a couple hours.

Jon, Amber, Caleb, and Skyler said...

The pictures are very cute Diane! I'm sure things will settle down soon! Good luck!

em said...

Dude you know how I feel. You just described my life exactly! Screaming unhappy child most of the time. Hates the car. My friend recommended "The happiest baby on the block" Which is for colic. It's gotten us a few good hours but the evening is the worst and I hate dinner time too. I often wonder if Owen has reflux but probably just a grump. If Aiden was an indicator, we are half way through the misery. Yay.

the emily said...

New babies are so hard. I had my hardest time ever when Noah was born, so even though things are totally smooth here yet either, it's nothing like it was when Noah was born, so I'm happy. I wish I knew what to tell you. Dave has always been on bath duty, since day 1 of our first kid, so the kids have baths every night without me having to worry about it--I mean I do all the cooking/cleaning/laundry, it's no big deal for him to have one domestic chore. :) I also have been preparing meals in advance if I can but if she's crying at dinner time, she just gets to cry. I know she's little but she's the third and has to learn sometime that life is hard, right??

jennybrum said...

Love the pictures! What a good looking family you guys are!!! New babies are always a big adjustment. The chaos won't completely go away, but I promise eventually you will have more energy to deal with it (or you will just learn to ignore it!). Please call if you need help. I would be happy to take the kids for you for a few hours so you can get some rest (especially that new baby...i'm feeling a little deprived at my house!)

Jenny Noall said...

You pictures are so freakin cute! Love the colors!

Tiffanie said...

Newborns are already demanding, and the 3rd was the most difficult to adjust to for me.It would be nice if the 3rd was the most content baby, but in my case Cheyenne was born more demanding. She slept in 20 min stretches throughout the day and I had to strap her too me just to get simple things done. At night she slept 2-3 hours at best.
I remember a lot of frustration with her that made me feel awful. Even now she is more difficult than the other kids were. Me and hubby joke that God made her extra adorable to make up for it:) For dinner I have been trying to keep it simple...Stouffers frozen lasagna, hoagies, hot dogs, pasta, roast in crockpot-I have a steamer that I use to toss in a head of broccoli or cauli and just have to turn the dial.Dinner time was hectic even before this baby so whenever there is a lull earlier in the day I would get dinner ready for later, Such a great feeling to know it is already done. One major change we made even before the baby came was to "assign" Rob the Cheyenne duty.Rob wakes up when she wakes up at 6ish and takes her potty and feeds her, and she watches him exercise while I sleep. He works a lot so I have never really expected much when it came to the house and kids, but with 4 kids he had to step up:)Your husband sounds like the helpful type, so I would hand over the bathing responsibility to him for awhile. I thought he worked from home so his hours can't be too unreasonable. I usually have the kids bathed before rob gets home but lately I do it while the baby naps, or wait for him and he takes the boys and I bathe the girls. AJ was a good baby overall, but around 1 mth he started on crying from about 4-10 pm each night. It lasted about a month and it worked best for me and Rob to switch off every 5 minutes or so so we wouldn't losepatience. We put on a movie and rocked around so it would distract us from the fact we would rather be in bed. If she spits up a lot maybe you would feel better if she was looked at by the doctor to see if it is a health problem or just being difficult. Good luck!