It’s been a week since our sweet little Lorelei was born. Honestly, it has flown by.
If you are interested in reading the story of Lorelei’s birth(day) you can CLICK HERE.
I have been very aware of the fact that adjusting to life as a family of six and finding a new “normal” will pretty much consume the rest of our Summer (if not year… if not life). Brian joked to the kids that we completed our Summer Bucket List already… they said, “What?! What have we done?”… to which he replied, “We had a baby! That’s our whole bucket list this year.” They were not very amused but there is some truth to what he was joking about.
I personally LOVED this first week home with Lorelei. I love that we have no schedule to keep because it’s Summer. I love that we are fortunate to have Brian home for a couple of weeks to help with the transition. I love that we go to bed late but can sleep in late… so it works out. I have felt really close to Brian because we’ve each been able to anticipate the others needs. No one has bickered or fought over who’s turn it is to do what, we’ve just gotten it done and are grateful for each other. Maybe it is because it is our fourth or maybe we’ve just gotten good at survival mode… either way being able to count on one another is a blessing we cannot take for granted.
Now let’s be honest… I am absolutely tired, but thankfully my body took this labor like a champ. I have been saying no to computer time so that I can rest. Breastfeeding is always something you and baby have to adjust to because at the beginning it just hurts, but it’s going well. I found some energy today (Friday) and decided to clean the house (the carpets needing to be vacuumed was driving me crazy) but I went a little overboard and now I am paying for it because I am sore. Up until today I had not cleaned much. I only did one load of baby girl clothes laundry that we accumulated from friends (so we’ll be paying the laundry toll later) and we are eating mostly off of paper products so as not to make dishes. Our meals have come from family and friends (huge THANK YOU to Brian’s parents and the Barile and Gorrence families who have fed us this week). We have stayed in our pajama’s almost all day. We have only left the house three times all week.
Lorelei has been great. I know this super sleepy phase doesn’t last long so we are taking advantage of it. There are two times a day when she is alert and awake for about an hour. Other than that she is either sleeping, eating or pooping… like a little lady of course. She isn’t fussy, doesn’t make to much noise (yet) and she is honestly just beautiful and sweet. I started calling her Sweet Pea.
The kids have each responded differently to Lorelei. Eliann is on cloud nine. She wanted a sister so badly… and her prayers were answered. She probably says Lorelei is some form of cute at least 568 times a day. She gets up and goes straight to greet her. She wants to hold and just stare at her all day. At the same time she is eager to do things. What are we going to do today… is a question she can’t help but ask.
David loves his little sister too. He asks, “Can I kiss Lorelei?” fairly often. Of course he can… but you can tell he wants to make sure it’s okay and he is very gentle with her. He has definitely been a little more demanding of our attention… a lot of look at me… look what I can do… look what I made… but we are happy to look and entertain him knowing it is part of the transition we are all going through. The first couple of days with baby he had a couple of bed wetting accidents which we can also attribute to the change. He is back to normal now but it was interesting to see the changes affect him this way.
Pierce. Oh Piercey-McShnu. Right off the bat he was not interested in the new baby. In fact when he heard she was a girl he said, “That’s a girl? I want a boy.” The day after we came home with Lorelei, Brian went to get the kids out of bed and Pierce flipped out crying for Mommy. Maybe he was afraid I was gone again (like when we left to have the baby)? Brian brought him to me and as soon as he saw me he was elated, “Mommy! Mommy! Mommy!” That is until I turned around and he saw Lorelei next to me in bed and then he burst into tears saying, “No… no… nooo.” We have really been attentive to helping him transition. We gave him his new baby gift (transformer cars) and told him they were from Lorelei. He was excited to receive them. The next day he brought Lorelei a ball to play with and then read her some alphabet books. The day after he asked anytime he couldn’t see Lorelei, “Where is Lorelei, Mommy?” And although it took a week, he now proudly says “I like Lorelei, Mommy.”
I love my family.
So that I don’t blink and find that Summer has come and gone and all we can remember is that we had a baby, I have challenged myself that for every picture I think to take of Lorelei I will try to take a picture of something else our family is up to. That way when all is said and done the kids will see that our Summer was in fact full. Full of fun. Full of memories. Full of love. Maybe not with big bucket list check off’s like years prior, but of a lot of smaller moments that equaled one awesome Summer of family bonding we would not have experienced if it weren’t for our new family of six.
That being said here is our first week in photo’s welcoming Lorelei into the family!
David built an awesome fort in the garage.
The kids broke in their new baby gifts together.
We caught Lorelei smiling in her sleep on camera.
Brian broke in the nursery with the first bed time routine that involved all four kids.
Mornings in our bedroom look a little different now.
David, Pierce, Mommy and Daddy worked together to build a new fort in the garage that both the boys could play in.
Brian helped the kids practice their pogo-ing skills.
We are so thankful for this awesome rocker on loan to us from our friends the Mueller’s.
We took Lorelei to her first doctors appointment.
We visited our friends the Ring’s who were camping at Santee Lakes.
Pierce offered to share a ball and read letter books to Lorelei all on his own.
We visited our friends the Brown’s for a lunch date and borrowed some newborn girl clothes from Brielle for Lorelei.
Brian’s parents bought a new trailer and truck for the Griffin families… which birthed a whole slew of fun Summer projects to accommodate the buy and dreams of how our families would enjoy the new toys. We are super excited!
Pierce said, “I like Lorelei, Mommy.”
“Four kids is a constant juggling act.” -Brian (while juggling diapers)
Washed and put away our new stash of girl clothes for Lorelei thanks to awesome Lita gifts and the help of some of our little friends (Brielle and Lily).
Introduced Lorelei to her cousins.
Brian and the kids started on one of our Summer projects (demolishing a portion of our retaining walls) to make room for the new trailer.
If you ever need things hauled off your property and you don’t want to do the work yourself, consider posting it on Craigslist for “Free.” Works every time.
We found out what happens when your little brother finds a live water hose. No mercy.
Took the first picture of all four of our kids together.
Apparently there are times when in the middle of Summer thunderstorms can actually hit San Diego. Who knew? Dust off that umbrella and rain coat kids!
Yes… we now have to change two babies in diapers… ugh Pierce… but look…
One of our tree’s lost a limb overnight and so the kids got to help Daddy bring it down and cut it up. Did I mention it was the hottest day of the week to tackle this project?
That was our first week together as the new Griffin family!