I seem to be emerging from my post-pregnancy hideout! It's been such a wonderful month of bonding with Kate, and these first precious, precious weeks will always be so memorable to me. When I first returned from the hospital in my "post partum weepy state," I was utterly overprotective of Kate. You'd think that she was my first born as I constantly hovered over family and friends as Kate was passed from one set of loving arms to another. Henry, coincidentally, happened to be battling a slight cold during Kate's homecoming, and the sight of a rough and tumble three year old with a snotty nose and sticky hands around my fresh newborn was almost enough to put me in the loony bin.
I survived, though.
And then there was that initial sense of strangeness that I felt with Alison and Henry when I first returned to our happy abode. Bringing Kate home for the first time made me feel as if I were betraying my first two babes. Alison was obviously excited and thrilled to have a new baby in the house, but not Henry. Oh he had an awful hard time at first. All in one fell swoop, he was pushed up a notch in our family ranks to "middle child," and I felt a strange sense of sadness. My baby Henry was no longer The Baby. In comparison to wee Kate, he was so big and grown up. Where had my baby Henry gone?
Rest assured, though, that it took only a matter of days for the old Henry to return!
One evening (Kate was two weeks, I think), my friend Michelle was visiting with her husband and 10 month old, Kaden. They had brought food and gifts galore, and after a short visit, I walked them to the door when suddenly I heard this:
Kate: “Waaaaa! Waaa! Waaaaaaa!”
Me: (I ran to Kate to find Henry hovering over her.) “Henry! What’s wrong? Why is she crying?”
Henry: (in a sing-songy voice) “Me bit baby’s finger.....”
Me: “WHAAAAT?” (blood rushes out of my head)
Henry: “Me bit baby’s finger. Baby’s crying now, Mama.”
Moments like this make me wish life came complete with LifeVo.....oh how I wish I could pause real time or even rewind it!!! Maybe the techie folk can work on that!
Anyway, Kate was fine. Henry was fine (despite a stern scolding). But Mama was a bit shaken (and stirred!)
Hank returned to work after two weeks off, and I was finally able to experience THE JOY! THE FUN! THE CRAZINESS of a real life THREE KID CIRCUS®. Ohboyohboy! Yes it’s nuts! Yes it’s fun! Yes it’s not so fun! If there were an ad for my life, it would look a little something like this:
Okay so I'm exaggerating here......
(enter sounds of crickets chirping)
.....Actually, no I'm not kidding. My life is a full-fledged THREE RING CIRCUS. But it's fun and memorable despite its craziness. One thing that I've learned from my kids is that it's important TO SLOW DOWN and ENJOY THE LITTLE BLESSINGS of life.
So while Henry continues to color on his walls, and while Alison continues to ask a bizillion questions a day, I am content knowing that we're also busy creating fond memories for years to come.
I am desperately behind in posting photos of snail mail goodies (both for my birthday and for Kate's arrival). . . but I think that I will have to save that for next time. In the meantime, I will leave you a link for KATE'S PHOTO ALBUM. If you're a new reader, please know that I have password protected my albums for the protection of my kids and for my own sanity. EVERYONE IS INVITED to view the albums -- I just want to know who's viewing them. That's all. Either post a comment here or e-mail me for the user id/password. :)
AND! Believe it or not I plan on RELAUNCHING THE PAPER PRINCESS! Yes! August marks the FIVE YEAR ANNIVERSARY of my shop, and I can't wait to get it back online! As a teaser, I'd like to give you a sneak peek of one of my newest designs (inspired by Kathleen...explanation later). I had this design professionally printed into notecards. . .and I just got 'em last week! This is one of five new designs that I will introduce in AUGUST! There! I've said it! I've committed myself to relaunching my site this August! And now folks, here is my newest design:
And one more thing. How could I forget? Hank started another blog. Now you can read his work over here at Shotgun Daddy. Go on and take a peek, and leave a comment or two. He's really funny!