Things have been hard and wonderful and absolutely perfect. I couldn't imagine life any other way. Well, I can't imagine it differently now or for the future, but I do vividly remember sleep-filled nights and time at my own discretion. Regardless, I wouldn't trade life with Jemma and Max for anything. They make me smile so often you'd gag if you knew how in love I am. I just typed that, glanced at both of them, and then my milk let down in a WHOOSH if that goes to show what I mean :)
On days by myself I'm in survival mode. We eat leftovers and scrounge in the freezer, use disposable diapers, and watch lots of Caillou and Lilo & Stitch. Everyone is happy (most of the time) and loved. I consider that a success. Wouldn't you?
I'm sure in the next few weeks I'll get into the swing of things. Maybe I'll finish a sewing project, cook a real dinner or attempt to run a few errands with two. For now we are hunkering down at home and embracing the craziness. How people manage multiples, I will never know ...
So far, my most favorite things about Max ...
- His loud grunts and gulps - he is by far the loudest baby I have ever met. Oh, and the farts ... often and HUGE!
- His spiky hair - it screams, "I'm a hip boy!"
- His perfect latch - I couldn't be more blessed with how nursing is going. My milk came in right around the 36 hour mark and he's been drowning in milk ever since. He latches so well, I have had zero pain or bleeding. He's my little milk man!
- The way he dream feeds during the night - he rarely wakes up all the way!
- His extra thumb! I don't think I mentioned in my mini birth story that Max was born with two thumbs on his left hand. We didn't even realize until his newborn assessment a few hours after his birth, but sure enough, he has one thumb joint and then at his knuckle it branches into two full thumbs. It's super sweet and unique and I'm very much leaning towards letting him decide when he is older if he wants his double thumb altered. We will be meeting with an orthopedic surgeon at some point to discuss any development issues, but for now, there is no concern. I think it is extra special that he has two thumbs because my grandpa (who Max shares a middle name with) didn't have a thumb on his left hand (it was sawed off when he was working at a chair factory as a teenager); so, it's like Max got double the thumbs to make up for Papa's lack of a thumb :)
- The way he leans into Jemma when she gives him kisses.
- How sweaty we both get when I'm carrying him in our wrap - he's going to be the best little heater come winter time!
- His big, bright blue-gray eyes - he has such an intense stare, an old soul for sure.
Last Thursday we had our 2 week pediatrician appointment and Max had already gained 10 ounces since birth! Eek, this boy can sure eat! We better start saving for his teen years! And, in light of the "brilliant" AAP, I thought I'd mention that we stuck with our decision to keep Max intact. Pathways to Family Wellness and Natural Parents Network both shared AMAZING posts on this topic today. Don't miss them.
And, Miss Jemma ...
She is a great big sister! Super gentle and loving towards Max. I'm really happy that she hasn't felt jealous. She has been demanding some extra attention, but I think that's pretty normal for an almost 23 month old whether they have a little sibling or not. She loves to say, "Shhhh" when he is crying or sleeping and often walks by and pats his head or tummy followed by a sweet kiss. I've also seen her gently grab his sides and pretend to pick him up ... I'll have to keep an eye on that!
I feel like this post was super scattered, but it was written with one hand in 2 minute increments, so, that's what you get :) At least I popped in to confirm that not only am I surviving 2 under 2, I'm considering it a blessing.
I also shared a guest post over at Baby Gizmo this week - check it out!