Thursday, June 30, 2011

Three Weeks Pass Quickly By...

John was born 21 days ago. How can three weeks fly by so quickly when time feels so peacefully slow? We've cleared our calendar and are blissfully unaware of what's happening outside our door, savoring this special time while John is so tiny and our days and nights blend.

John continues to be a quiet, calm baby; he only pipes up for a few seconds at a time if he's especially uncomfortable. Mostly he sleeps, waking up to look around with his bright little eyes for 20 minutes until he's exhausted again and falls back asleep. He's long and wiry, the way Madeline was, and we couldn't believe how strong his neck was from the minute he was born. He reminds us of a little turtle when he stretches it to look around. He smells divine. Holding him is like popping a couple of Tylenol PMs -- you just feel cozy and drowsy until you drift off to sleep.

Madeline and Charlie have been swaddling all their stuffed animals and dolls...not to mention each other. Madeline dresses her monkey in John's outfits and Charlie uses John's bottles to fill his trucks with water at the bathroom sink. They both love sucking on his pacifiers and can't resist waking him with a fly-by kiss and hug. It absolutely moves me to see their instant affection and friendship take hold.

I still can't believe we have three children. And that two of them are boys! I told Rob I need to get really serious about learning the ins-and-outs of football, basketball and hockey. In a few short years, I'm going to hear the ESPN theme song in my sleep. Madeline and I are going to have to fight for Project Runway airtime and steal away for girlie pedicures.

We were so happy to have Sandie, Rob's mom, come stay with us for almost two weeks; and Rob's sister, Nicki, just returned to Chicago last night after a wonderful five day visit. Today my sister, Mollie, arrives from Denver! And next week, Andi will travel from St. Louis to meet the little guy and help us out. Friends and neighbors have delivered meals almost every day since John was born, and the darling girls who live next door come play with Madeline and Charlie almost every morning now that school has let out for the summer. We are so grateful for all the support we've received and couldn't ask for a more relaxed transition into this new wonderful phase of our life!

I came into the room and found Madeline reading John books...
Swaddling her monkey
Chillin' while they watch Diego

1 comment:

Chelsea said...

Just had to pop over to your blog to see how you all are doing. What sweet, beautiful pictures! Looks like you're settling in great to life with THREE! :)