Life has been a whirlwind of baby holding, diaper changes, breastfeeding and middle of the night wakefulness. I have the best of intentions of posting pictures but life is exhausting right now and the days are flying by. Baby Eleanor is getting big and filling out more every day. She is still a great eater and things are going really smoothly with nursing. We currently have no schedule.....every day our sleeping habits are unknown, some nights Ellie goes to bed at 10:30 and some nights no one goes to sleep until 1:00 in the morning. Yesterday we went to the fair and the baby literally slept ALL DAY long! She was maybe awake a total of one hour over the entire day. Today on the other hand she has been awake a good deal and generally pretty happy! We've had some gas issues the biggest one involving copious amounts of garlic, but we bought some Mylicon drops and they seem to be keeping the gas in check. There is nothing worse than listening to a baby hollering because of gas!! The big girls are doing really well.....it feels like we are starting to find a new normal, although my mom is currently here visiting and my dad will be arriving in a couple days and staying for a week, so we'll have to adjust for real after they both leave. But they are being good to Eleanor, loving on her and taking a big interest in taking care of her. Charlotte is currently giving Eleanor kisses and hugs while she's in her swing and then running over to me and telling me, "I kissed her and hugged her.....I'm a big sister now!" It's pretty cute! I don't feel like we are dealing with any rivalry at this point although we may in the future, and my girls don't appear to feel neglected by my taking care of the baby, although that may be an issue in the future as well. For right now we're doing the best we can in our exhausted state to take care of everyone's needs and make sure that all our girls feel loved. I'm looking forward to Eleanor starting to sleep for longer intervals in the future (fingers crossed it happens soon!) and for us to get on some type of schedule. I'm not looking forward to my mom leaving, but I'm not going to think about that right now.....we still have 8 days.
In most of these pictures Eleanor is doing what she does the most, and the best..... sleeping!