It feels like it has been forever since I have had the strength to teach my children anything, read anything to them or myself or do any homemaking. Writing has been completely out of the question!!
I just had my fourth child almost 2 weeks ago and am starting to get back the energy that I once had before I got pregnant. It’s amazing how much a pregnancy consumes you! The second trimester is OK, but the last couple of months sucks up all the energy out of me. I was so glad that the boys and I had lessons through the summer. That
definitely made up for the time they “lost” in the Fall during my last trimester.
Now that the pregnancy is over and we have our new baby there is a lot to do!!! I definitely am looking forward to complete recovery and once again having the energy to keep up with the boys, their energy and their insatiable curiosity and desire to learn.
The more pressing issue right now is getting used to having one more child. Ever since I had my second child, the scariest time has always been the last day at the hospital, in anticipation to the first day when I would be left alone with the children. Well, this time around I had the same feelings. After the initial joy and excitement upon meeting the baby I questioned whether I could really handle it. I was a bit nervous.
The real test was 5 days later when I had to take the baby to the hospital to his Dr. appointment. I was alone with the boys and of course had to take all four of them with me. I felt like a first time mom. I over packed the diaper bag anticipating everything from each child.
Well, it all turned out great!! It was a great opportunity that showed me how caring and helpful the boys are growing up to be. They were all so helpful with the baby. I had someone to rock his car seat when he cried, someone to wash his binky when it fell. I even had help putting the stroller back in the car!! I am definitely enjoying not just the new baby, but also watching my sons fill up with pride when the baby cries after they try a new technique to soothe him. I love watching my 3-year-old Jonah looking at his new brother and saying over and over again that he is now a big brother.
Well, now I am slowly re-establishing our routine, though it’s happening a bit slower than I expected. I must have forgotten the sleepless nights that come after you have a child 🙂 We are definitely enjoying our new baby. It’s amazing how you fall in love with each child, as if he were your first. It never gets old. Each child is so unique, so different and such a blessing!! They are each a special gift that makes all the months of the pregnancy worthwhile!!