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5 1/2 Weeks as a Mother of Two

First off... Do I ever shower? No, this is my lovely self at our Curton Christmas get together. Before children I would have been put together and might of even worn makeup to said event. Now? Not so much. My kids were dressed and looking cute, bonus points for me. Right?

God really blessed us with a great work schedule for Matthew for the last two years. Of which I am very grateful. This year I am beginning to wonder what he is trying to teach me? Peacefulness? Gratefulness? Using my time wisely? Learning to depend on him? Wisdom? Some days I am at a complete loss. I have just finished putting my two children to bed alone for three nights in a row. Gentry has decided that 6pm to 10pm is her "crying time." Graham has a very strict bedtime routine that works like magic if I get to follow it. We watch Wheel of Fortune from 6:30 to 7:00, bath and PJs from 7:00 to 7:30, Three books, prayer, and three songs. Then he is out like a light. The only problem is he has to be snuggled while singing. This means one of us has to lay down and use both arms to hold him tightly. That is how he wants it. I can't "hold" both of them at the same time, so you see I am having quit the time getting both of them off to dream land. I have been "wearing" Gentry from about 7:30 till 10 most nights in the Moby Wrap. Graham hates this and cries "holllld yoooou" until Gentry is finally asleep and I can take her off. So you see my delima.....

The first night they both cried from 7:30 to 8:30, then woke up at 10:30 and cried until Matthew got home at 1:00am. The next night I tried leaving Gentry in a "safe" place while I concentrated on Graham. She cried in the swing so hard and loud that Graham wouldn't go to sleep. He kept saying "Gentry cry." This was with his bedroom door closed and the sound machine on. I just can't make both of them happy at the same time! The third night I let Graham watch Disney channel in my bed with the lights off while I nursed Gentry to sleep. She was almost out and Graham was laying over on my lap while I patted him with the free hand. Then the front door opened. Daddy was home and the party began (Graham got a second wind, like you have never seen before.) What on earth am I supposed to do? I can't reason with Graham and I can't stand to hear Gentry cry. Any suggestions??? Which one do you ignore and for how long? I am so glad Matthew is home the other five nights. He is such a good Daddy and very involved. I am very appreciative for that. For some reason nap time goes OK, which is the same routine minus TV and bath. Gentry usually sleeps through it which is great.

Here is a sweet picture of the outfit Aunt "Coco" Jana bought for Gentry for Christmas.

She is really starting to plump up. Her thighs have a few rolls I actually have to pull apart and wash in the tub. Her long "fluffy" hair is starting to disappear. No actual bald spots yet. She is beginning to be awake a little more during the day. At night she usually goes 3 hours before nursing again. I am only having to change her diaper once in the night. She slept 5 1/2 hours after that first horrible night of crying for 3 hours off and on. That night I sent Matthew a text "come home," it didn't work. I guess the planes can't land themselves.

I had to include this crazy picture of Graham. (A dentists nightmare.) He is nineteen months and talking in complete sentences. He still loves fruit more than anything else. He has had croup this week, which was no fun for anyone. He hasn't stopped playing with his airport and new tractors(both Christmas gifts). He loves his baby sister and wants to "tiss her" all the time. I can't wait until the weather warms up and we can run off some boy energy. The "twos" are beginning to show. Lots and lots of No!! Mama! This too shall pass. Right?

Only the grandparents will care, but this video was from today. I''l try to translate: At first he is saying "Oh Happy Day" from the song, Oh happy day, when Jesus washed my sins away..... Then he is talking about the blueberries. He is saying they are cold and eat it. Then I ask if they are good and he says"no", but then changes his mind and answers yes. Next he is saying Hat, hat, hat, on off. At the end he is saying eyes, eyes.
Well, there is the complete Horner update! Hope you all are well! Hope to blog again soon.


Matt and Rachel said...

Oh Boy!! I feel for you! I'm about to be alone 2 nights a week with 3 once this baby comes! Hang in there, I'm sure it will get better -- I'll be saying a prayer for you. :)

Nurse To Be said...

Rough week, sister. I'm sorry and I'm praying for you. Easton and I just watched the video over and over again. He says, "Can I eat blueberries at his house? Let's go to Graham's house. I love him." I love him too!

Sarah B. said...

I just found your blog. :) I laughed out loud at the video when G is saying "eyes!" So cute!!

Wes and Bonnie said...

you do have your hands full but I know you wouldn't trade it for anything even though all you want sometimes is just a few moments all alone-it was fun seeing all the pictures