Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Chutes and Ladders

Well friends,  it's been a wild 4 days.  I have been meaning to sit down and update the internets on what is going on but it's been tough.  So here it is in a nutshell. . .  we are super busy but we are happy as can be.   

We have had some truly amazing times with our new little guy-- it's so lovely to see his smile emerge and hear the giggle of an increasingly confident dude- Daisy is playing momma and continues to hug Simon whenever she thinks he needs comforting and although James is a little more tentative*- he is also clearly in love with his new little brother. 

The good news-- Simon is strongly bonded to me.  The bad news-- there is only one of me.  It is very rough for him if he loses sight of me and he has a strong preference for my holding him.   Much of it probably stems from the fact that he has had only female care givers through most of his life.

He is growing in comfort which is so positive in many ways--  he has started to play a bit more independently or with the other kids which is great.  Sometimes he gets distracted by the fun, then very upset when he realizes that this 'fun' is going on without me holding him.   We are doing our best to keep him in a quiet environment where he can see me and start to explore more as he is ready.

The last 24 hours have been a lot better for everyone-- Simon and I had a lot of 1:1 time and I could see his confidence steadily growing as he starts to navigate the house a bit more.  His favorite play spot continues to be in my arms but I'll take it-- I love hanging out with him and he appreciates the human monkey gym.   All in all, we are getting our sea legs as a family and with a little more sleep** from last night, we are on the upswing.

Last night we played Chutes and Ladders as a family-- It's odd how Hasbro imitates life.   We are two steps forward and one step back right now but we feel relieved to know that many families have walked in these steps and have emerged just fine. 
Check out the three characters-- James quickly named them: James, Daisy and Simon.

That said-- its been trying at times-- but we are holding on,  learning about our new guy, giving high fives where possible, taking regular naps and starting happy hour promptly at 5:00.  We are all adjusting to this new life and we tall people are doing our best to keep things stable and loving for the littles.***  

*James is a little concerned that Simon is trying to eat him.  aka.  we are a little mouthy right now- but we are working with James to explain that is just what babies do. 
** Two nights ago, we had various children up at 11, 1, 2, 3, and the whole gang up at 4, by 5 we were watching My Little Ponies on the couch and by 6  making a double pot of coffee.
***We tall people are also doing our best to try and stay married at 3:00am.  


  1. Congrats on making it through the first few days!

  2. thanks for the update- been thinking of you guys. Sounds like things are going as well as can be expected with so much transition. Happy new family-dom!

  3. Wow.... you are so great at capturing real life with your blog.. i read your words out loud to Andy and we giggled at the funny parts and are so proud of you. Been thinking and praying for you all.

  4. Glad things are going well! Happy hour also starts promptly here at 5:00 these days. :)