Monday, August 25, 2008

Settling in.

Well, it's been three and a half weeks now since we added little Mason to our family and I can tell that we're all getting settled in.

Georgia, who initially didn't quite know what to make of him or the whole situation, is now fully into loving on the little guy. She calls him "my new beebee" most of the time and loves to kiss, hug and hold him. (The first week or two she was all about just checking him out occasionally, but wasn't real interested in touching him much.) She also must be listening quite closely to what I say because I noticed today that when he started fussing, she immediately said "Hold on, Mason beebee. Mommy be WIGHT there!" Poor little third baby -- even Georgia knows he has to hold on for a minute or two at least 80% of the time. She is working on the whole potty training deal, which given the family circumstances at the moment, is not going all that badly. She is also cutting her two year molars which stinks. (This is actually the reason I'm up at 3 am right now -- not Mason, actually. I think she is FINALLY going back to sleep, but I am not convinced enough to lay back down yet, so I decided to sneak in a little blog time.)

Mitchell is still all about being a great big brother. He absolutely LOVES to hold him, read to him, and try to make him smile. Might I also suggest, as an aside -- if you are having trouble with a hygiene routine with your little boy...you might consider adding a new baby to the family! He has never needed so few reminders to wash his hands...it's wonderful! Really though, he will put the boppy pillow on and hold his little brother for a long time. And I've noticed that Mason clues right in on Mitchell when he's around -- I'm guessing that his little shadow is already trying to figure out how to be just like his big brother!

Chris is back in the groove at work but I think it's still somewhat difficult to leave us. We all just got so comfortable with being together all of the time. His knee is healing really well and he's working hard on the rehab. His soccer team had their first game today so he went to watch them play. I think it darn near killed the man to have to just sit and watch...he is itchin' to get back in there! I have to give him a little shout out for a great idea that has worked really well for me. When he leaves each morning for work, he puts out what he calls "bird seed". He leaves a cup of juice in the fridge and a little bowl of dry cereal on the kitchen table for M and G and turns the tv to Noggin or PBS or something before he turns it off. Then, when the kids get up entirely too early for me, instead of coming to wake me up...they head downstairs where Mitchell gets the juice for them and all they have to do is turn the tv on. I always hear them get up, but it buys me an extra half hour or so of wake up time. It's marvelous, especially after nights like tonight! I'm hoping the whole DNC in Denver madness isn't too crazy for him this week - he works right downtown in the thick of it. He's so funny - he bought himself some extra stuff at Sam's Club today, "just in case" and is keeping it in his office. So if something goes down, know that my husband will be holed up in his office and able to sustain himself for quite a few weeks with granola and powdered lemonade.

As for me, I have to say that I'm actually doing fine. I just "got my hair did" as my best friend says...and instead of touching up my highlights like I planned to do, I actually took them out and went back to a full head of dark hair. It will lighten up, but it's pretty dark at the moment which still catches me by surprise when I see myself in the mirror, but I like it. My husband LOVES it which is nice -- I have been teasing him that he just likes having a new woman in the house. I feel really good physically and other than the usual being super tired by about 3pm each day, I'm managing with the lack of sleep okay. This week I need to get on the stick with trying to nail down a little more of a schedule with Mason. It's funny that I even say that because I'm a little anal about that sort of thing and I remember writing down the whole when they ate/slept/pooped deal with Mitchell and Georgia for weeks. I did it for about 3 days with Mason and that was because I knew I'd be too tired to tell the doctor about what was going on at his little checkup. Hopefully getting something a little more set this week will help us get off to a good start with school the following week. (Kindergarten, by the way. Kindergarten! How is this POSSIBLE??) I'm also getting back on my exercise horse this week. Starting out slow, but man -- I gotta do something. I am ready to pack 'em up and ship 'em out with regards to the maternity clothes, if you know what I mean. My run with "The Dinner Fairy" is coming to an end, and let me just say -- that right there is reason enough alone to join MOPS. What a gift to have your doorbell ring and see a smiling face holding a hot meal for your family, knowing that they really don't care if you have brushed your hair or cleaned your kitchen for days. Angels. All of them.

Mason, our sweet Mason -- has decided that he would like to grow as quickly as is humanly possible. We took him for his 2 week checkup (which was a little closer to three weeks, actually) and the child had already gained over 2 pounds from where he was when we left the hospital. Yes, that's right...2 pounds in less than 3 weeks. We could tell he'd put on some weight -- not only did he feel heavier, but he developed himself a nice double chin in a matter of days...I kid you not. He is a delight to have in our house and it's a rare thing when he full-on CRIES -- he usually just sort of fusses a bit here and there to test the waters. I've noticed that the fastest way to have him cry his little lungs out is to strap him in his car seat and go where he can't see you...this happens a lot as I usually have to make at least one or two trips to the car before I put him in there. Sippy cups, my purse, big kids, etc. By the time I get back in the house to get him, he's usually just howling. The second he hears and/or sees me, all is well. I'm still having issues with myself and putting the little man down. I just can't. I think he might eventually become stuck to my shoulder...we seem to have developed a little nook there, my baby boy and I. He loves snuggling in there and trust me, I don't fight it.

Well - I just went to check on Miss G and she's conked back out so I'm gonna climb back in bed for probably about an hour until he wants to eat again. I'll leave you with a picture of all three of our little buddies and a picture of Mason at 3 weeks.

Have a great week!





15 comments:

Tracey said...

Wish I lived closer and could bring you dinner. If you need any help with your MOPS publicity let me know I've done a brochure, date magnet, postcard and more for our group. Seeing Mason almost makes me want a little one. But I'll savor STTN for a little while longer. I can't believe Mitchell is going to be in Kinder - uh huh, no way. Next week C starts preschool and I'm all worked up over that. I'll be a mess in 3 years. HUGS from GA!

BethAnne said...

Girl!!! I have been gone too long! I had no idea you had the baby. I am a terrible blog friend - go ahead and hate me if you want to. But can I just say, he is beautiful!!! I love the picture of you on the hospital bed (in a grey top of some kind) with him.....you look wonderful!!!

I am so glad all is well with you guys!!! I promise to be a better bloggy friend from now on........

Terri said...

I'm glad that everything is going well. It's great that the kids are adapting and Dad can even help out by putting breakfast out! Every bit of sleep you can get is worth it!

Good luck with school starting - high school started for us today with the elementary starting tomorrow. Nothing we can do to stop it!
(hope that convention doesn't botch up family plans either)

Shelley said...

Ahh Tara, SO good to get an update! But SO sorry it came in the middle of the night, UGH! And I totally agree with the dinner fairies from Mops. They are a WONDERFUL thing! And kindergarten! Wow! You've got a lot going on girl! I can't wait to hear about it!

Mari said...

Great pictures of those cute kids! Glad you are settling in well. Chris is a smart man - hope he doesn't have to survive in his office though!

Kristen said...

Your kiddos are beautiful! Oh Mason - what a cutie. I would be holding that boy all day long too :o)

Thanks for the update, it sounds like you are all doing well.

erin said...

Goodness Gracious child...hire a sitter, take an Ambien, and sleep for a good,solid 6 hours. Seriously, 3AM? I really am just kidding. You are the best mom ever...and a darn good friend as well. It was great to see you yesterday. Your Mason is just too sweet for words and Georgia...oh my goodnes, to say that she is a "peach" is an understatement. What a doll you have. I'm sorry that I missed Mitchell, but it was so wonderful to see you. Your family is precious...picture perfect I tell ya...
Now how 'bout that toast we didn't get to...
love ya girl,
e

Alana said...

Hey there! Sounds like things are going well. Lots of changes in your household. Kindergarten is a big one.

Love the pictures. And those baby striped socks. So stinkin' cute!

I'm Sadie said...

Love the new pic of Mr. Mason. He is super precious. Momma's milk is doing him good I guess! ;) That's great Tara! Chris is super sweet!

Kristin said...

You sound great. I told you that it gets easier. William still washes his hands before he touches Donovan. Glad miss G has come around a bit.

Jennifer Partin said...

Congratulations Tara!

Have I been offline that long that Mason is now 3 weeks old? Yikes! (I just got internet turned on 2 days ago but have been too busy unpacking to get online)

He is a little cutie! You and your family look so pleased and tickled to have a new addition.

I enjoyed catching up on your life. I'm glad that the outcome was great despite things being drawn out a bit.

Enjoy that little bundle-----they grow up too quick. My little Mason is trying to walk!

Missed you!

Lynn said...

What a wonderful update. I think the idea of your husband making the "trail" for your kids is brilliant. I'll have to remember this one.

Heather C said...

Can I just say that reading this post brought me such contentment! I can feel how settled you are, and how much you are adoring your family. I'm so happy for you!

Beautiful pics, too!

Heather

Earen said...

Oh Tara...they are just precious & Mason..oh my goodness. He's so sweet & looks so much like your 2 others! I hope you're doing well! Have fun on your retreat this coming weekend.

Janelle said...

Great update. I am a little late in reading it, so I hope all is still great!

What beautiful children!