Over the past few weeks I’ve been wondering how I’m going to juggle three children and their schedules. We are a very routine family. Every morning is the same with wake up time, cups of milk in hand and snuggling with mommy for about an hour before we get up to get ready for the day. I was a little worried how I was going to continue this with a little newborn in my arms and how the girls were going to adjust to it (mainly Kenzie since she is more in need of my snuggles ) But so far it has worked out with Marleigh getting up to eat right before the girls wake up so they still all have their mammatime.
- The first couple of days home were a real adjustment for Kenzie mostly. Miette loves her new baby sister and wants to constantly hold her and help with her. She sits by her bouncy seat when she is in it and makes faces or just places her hand on Marleighs hand for a few minutes before running off to her next adventure. MacKenzie on the other hand wanted nothing to do with her the first two days. It seemed as if she was mad at me for bringing this baby into the house because she would not even come to me or sit in my lap or anything. She sat on a different couch and just stared at us. It was so sad. But thankfully by the third day she started warming up and sitting beside us and showing a little interest in the little babe. After a week she now shows her loving and gives her kisses.
- Marleigh’s sleeping habits are pretty good. I was expecting to be up all night and so far that has only happened one day this week. All other nights she gets up every two hours pretty much on the dot. I was advised by the nursing staff at the hospital that every three hours at night was what I should do but I do a more on demand breastfeeding.
- Speaking of breastfeeding, Marleigh is a dream child when it comes to it. Right from the beginning she had the perfect latch and she continues to be so perfect. One of my biggest fears was that she was going to be like Miette and Kenzie and that I would just have a horrible time breastfeeding but it has been the complete opposite
We welcomed Marleigh Ann Lally into our hearts February 22, 2014 at a solid 8 lbs. and 4 oz. Life is about to get a little bit more special with three girls in the house.
Lots of snowy and rainy days these past few weeks, which means a lot of indoor playtime. This momma is running out of ideas! Along with muddy boots and wet floors we’ve been getting prepared for Baby Girl 3′s arrival. Next week is the official due date but this mommy is so ready now!
My parents invited us to their vacation to Nags Head, NC last week. It wasn’t that long of a ride (4 hours—5 hours with traffic) since we live right above in Virgnia, but it was long enough to leave us aching to get out of the van for sure. Miette rode with my parents and Kenzie traveled with me, my brother and his girlfriend. I can’t vouch for Miette but Kenzie did amazing the whole way.
The house my parents rented for the week was one block away from the beach. Every morning my dad and Miette got up and went to walk on the beach watching the sunset and picking seashells. Mommy stayed in bed with MacKenzie until she woke up at 6:30.
There was a lot of beach going (for a couple of hours a day). Both girls did surprisingly well. Kenzie enjoyed playing in the sand and Miette did very well with staying in the shallow part of the water. Not any meltdowns until we left.
We arrived Saturday evening and enjoyed unpacking and the view while munching some delivery pizza. Sunday was the first beach day. Not hot and not chilly…perfect 84 degree weather. Monday though was a rainy all day. So it was inside we were stuck….alllll day. The rest of the week was our saving grace. Perfect weather though the news called for scattered thunderstorms all week.
Along with living the life of beach bums during the day there was a lil put put gaming going on.
My little girl turned 4 years old Wednesday June 26th. She has been looking forward to her birthday for two months now so we had to show her a calendar everyday and countdown to her birthday and her birthday party, which was yesterday. The thing she was most excited for was to see her friends from preschool again! Gotta love her! We celebrated her birthday by taking a trip to Richmond to the Childrens Museum in Short Pump. Such an adorable place! Miette and Kenzie loved it. Kenzie was at the in-between stage. She thought she was too old for the baby/toddler section that’s blocked off so they can crawl/walk around. The big kids looked like they were having way more fun so she was determined that’s what she was going to do first. Miette was all over and she probably could have spent all day there if she wasn’t so wiped.
Then came a two day period of nothingness which she asked over and over when her friends were coming over for her party. But I did get a little bit of productivity and education out of it. I bought ABC foam pieces and wrote words on paper and she had to make the words. Start working on word recognition. She wasn’t a big fan of this activity.
Then finally came Saturday! The most coveted day of the month. It was a whirlwind because I did very little setting up the day before due to needing the big muscles of my brother to move things around so I could decorate. We were finally finishing it all up when the first people came. Talk about a stressful momma! I didn’t even have time to change or do makeup or anything. But it was a great success and it wasn’t as stressfull as I was making out to be. All the girls were just happy to play and be together.
We decorated princess tiara’s before the cake and ice cream and presents. But in truth they just wanted to play. Way to excited!
It has been so insanely hot and humid in VA this week. Usually I would keep the girls (Miette and Abbigal, the girl I babysit) in most of the time so as not to pass out from heat exhaustion but Monday we ventured out for a couple of hours while Kenzie took a nap in the morning. They enjoyed the playset for a total of 10 minutes before complaining about the heat so they changed into bathing suits and jumped into our little baby pool to cool down. Then I made them jump out into the shade for a snack. They love being able to eat outside then jump in and out of the pool.
That sums up our past weekend. Saturday we took it easy and spent some time outside (it was way too hot to spend very long out!) at my mothers house playing in the water and bubbles.
For the rest of the day we took it easy and relaxed at the pool later in the evening. On Sunday we made a early start and set out to Richmond to visit Miette’s greatgrandmother Gigi. She hasn’t seen her as much since we moved 2 hours away and I knew she would like a semi-surprise visit. Gigi loves to collect old vintage everything (a lot of old dolls and toys) so her house is eye candy for both girls.
Then back home it was and almost straight to my moms (their Maw-Maw) so Daddy and I could have a much needed Date Night! So fun to relax and eat and get some ice cream. I love spending time with him and he’s been working extra hard this summer since I’m taking the summer off mostly. Such a sweetie!
Now that school is over and summer break has begun I have time! O what a wonderful thing that is time! I have been enjoying spending all day with the girls. There has been a lot of swimming and on Saturdays Miette is doing T-ball with the YMCA. Love!!
Miette: “I’m going to make a ghost mommy. She has a belly button so she is a good ghost”–while playing with playdough