As I write this I’m laughing to myself because the past 24 hours have been a little more difficult, but honestly Austin’s 4th week of life has been really fun. I am still, as always, shocked at how fast time is flying by. Austin is a lot more awake (when he is awake) and I just love watching him see things for the first time. It’s seriously amazing to watch him discover things like Wes’ face, shadows, lights, and sounds! There’s so much more to learn, but that’s part of what is so incredibly fun about having sweet babies is rediscovering life through their eyes. What a gift!
Something I’m really needing to do more of is wear this little bug. That’s one thing I wish I had done more of with Wes; it just never seemed that necessary to figure out wraps and buckles and all that when I could just carry him in my arms. But this time around? Well, chasing a toddler with a newborn in tow is a little more on the difficult side. I’ve already worn him in a Moby twice as much as I did with Wes, but my hope is to increase that habit this week. It’s a sweet experience to feel him breathing against my chest, to hear his little squeaks, and to hold him more than would otherwise be possible!
The mornings are the easiest for us at the moment. Everyone’s (fairly) rested, calm, cool, collected, and ready to start the day. Austin loves to watch the morning light through the blinds while the rest of us eat breakfast and get moving, and usually he’ll fall asleep on his own and very easily. As the day rolls on it gets harder to get him down for his naps, and the witching hour is no joke. I remember it was the same way with Wes, though, and while I never want to wish time away I am excited about the days to come where the afternoons are a teeny bit easier.
I said last weekend, but it feels like I had twins, just 3 years apart. I kind of take that back now though! While Wes and Austin have a LOT of the same features, Austin is starting to look more and more like Nate as the days go by. He’s got a lot more red in his hair than Wes ever did, his eyes are deeper set, and there’s just something unmistakably Nate about him. Honestly though, there’s so much about both of our boys that remind me so much of my husband – which is part of what makes them all so stinking irresistible 🙂
I keep wanting to get a post together of the things that we really love and are using a lot with Austin this time around. I see so many baby things roundups that are gorgeous and put together and using really cool, cute things…but if there’s anything I’ve learned it’s that babies don’t care about all the things. There are a lot things that aren’t necessary, so I hope to put together a post of things that truly help and don’t cost a small fortune to obtain. Any interest?
I keep dreaming of the days when we have a more “normal” routine (what does that even mean?!) and can do things like take family trips without fear of flying with crazed babies or road trips with a trillion stops for feedings. Like I said, I never want to wish time away but if there’s anything I’ve learned it’s that these babes? Get more and more fun with age. I’m so excited to show them the world, to teach them new things, to learn more about these incredible little boys we’ve been blessed with!
As for me, this past weekend I started doing some small abdominal exercises to start strengthening my core again. I’ve been feeling the side effects of breastfeeding and carrying a newborn around – aching back, hunched shoulders, bad posture. It’s crazy how much muscle tone I’ve lost, although it makes sense knowing what my body has been through. But I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t looking forward to being stronger again. Mama needs her exercise for many many reasons! Just two more weeks til I can (hopefully) be approved for normal exercise! It’s hard not to want to jump in hard core and get after it, but having two kids should help with that 😉
Here’s to another week with our crazy boys!