Thursday, August 20, 2015

Links I Love: New Mom Edition

Life slowly spins back towards normal, albeit a new one. After school's out every day, I steal away to the nursery to feed Isaiah, because you never know who will stop by. The older two's emotions still run high, they want all-the-attention, all-the-time, and I know the equilibrium still hasn't quite found its bearings. Isaiah sleeps all day and cries all night, and I am bleary eyes as I kiss foreheads and send to school. We are thankful for friends and family who feed us, do our laundry, and run carpool for the two bigger kiddos.

We sit on the front porch and watch the rain, listen to the pounding on the eaves and watch the drizzle sliding off the roof. Caden covers his arm and mine with tattoos from Inside Out, and asks if he can give Isaiah a Sadness one, because he cries all the time.

I keep thinking that Isaiah looks so different from my other two (who are carbon copies basically of each other), but this picture here reminds me so much of Caden. Still, his hair is decidedly darker, and his nose is definitely less button-like.

Caden alternates between temper tantrums and silliness, desperate for our attention. Every time I raise my camera to capture Isaiah, he jumps in front. I oblige, painfully aware of what a BOY he has become, not a baby in the least.
Isaiah's deep blue eyes search faces, and he seems thoughtful and quiet to me; though Adam is certain he will be our sole extrovert. We cant help but gush to one another over how cute and tiny he still seems, despite already impossibly being over a week old.
Breastfeeding still, apparently, is really hard, even when you're on your third kid. Luckily, I found this handy guide: How to Breastfeed Your Newborn in 43 Easy Steps, which seems about accurate.

Nursing basically constantly does, however, afford me a little time for reading books about love stories, and lots of blogs/articles. Here's a few things I've read online over the last week that spoke to my heart, mostly around raising my kids and being a mom.
When Love Feels Heavy - Coffee & Crumbs
To the Teenage Girls at the Swimming Pool - Christine Organ
Focus on the Family - DL Mayfield
8 Things to Remember as You Mother Your Children - Lori Harris
Bedtime Stories for Young Brains - NY Times
And on that note, 50 Books Every Parent Should Read To Their Child

4 comments:

  1. Congrats! He is a doll! I'm worried about our 6 year old baby that is about to become a middle. Let me know if you have any advice! https://lifewiththebs.wordpress.com/

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    1. So I'm not sure I have any good advice necessarily. Caden is doing SO much better, but I'm not sure why haha. We did try and make sure we spent lots of one-on-one time with him, and let him help and hold his brother a lot!! ;-) Also, congrats!

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  2. Beautiful photos and a beautiful baby!

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