Two weeks old and such a little joy. We are so blessed that God shared these two precious girls with us. We feel so honored to be their Daddy and Mommy. Even though it may not always be easy, they bring such smiles to our faces we couldn’t imagine life without them. Knowing from experience that the first six weeks are kind of an adjustment period we are just going with the flow for now, nursing and napping and snuggling whenever it works to make us all happy. I’m sure we will start to recognize a pattern to our day and get a schedule down but for now we are winging it and that’s okay.
Highlight of the week:
Karen- Spending my first full day ‘on my own’ with both girls. Daddy was back to work, Grandma’s and Grandpas were back to their homes and it was just me and my little ladies. It wasn’t my greatest moment as a Mom for sure, I don’t think McKenna took a nap and I didn’t eat lunch until about 3:30, but it was nice to know that I can do it!
Kenny- Watching McKenna and McKayla interact. There is such love between the two of them already.
Product we’re loving:
Karen- The little baby bathtub we have borrowed from Julie and Neil has come in handy once again (we used it with McKenna too). It is a great size, folds down for storage and is just handy all around.
Kenny- I get a lot of use out of our exercise ball. Most people talk about ‘rocking’ a baby but our girls seem to love the up and down motion of bouncing so in the evenings while I let Karen catch a few zzz’s putting McKenna to bed I keep McKayla happy by bouncing. Thanks again to my Mother-in-law for introducing me to this technique.
McKenna and McKayla Week 2 Picture
Karen- Sleep (or lack thereof) is always a struggle with a little newborn. McKayla is actually doing pretty great in this department. I get anywhere from four to seven hours of sleep (broken up throughout the day and night) but when I first wake up I always seem to think I need a little more.
Kenny- Things are actually going pretty great, the only thing I struggle with is finding time to do everything I need (or want) to do. Grading papers, mowing the lawn, ongoing house remodeling, helping with the girls, we just run out of time for it all.
Picture of the Week
Something we’ve learned:
Karen- Even though I feel guilty for splitting my attention and taking all that focus away from McKenna, I am actually giving her the greatest gift I could EVER give her, a sister. If their relationship is anything like me and my sisters they will treasure each other more with every passing year.
Kenny- Wait for the rain to stop before you go to the library. We had planned all weekend to go to the library and when Sunday rolled around the storm clouds were rolling in too. We finally got ourselves together, diaper bags, library books to return, everyone’s tummy full and diaper empty and strapped into car seats and a torrential down pour broke loose. I mentioned that we should probably wait until the rain passed before we took off for the library but Karen was READY. So we ventured out and by the time I got myself, our books and McKenna out of the car we were drenched. It even started hailing! Karen carried McKayla inside and we were so thankful for our car seat canopy which kept McKayla snug and dry. I can’t say the same for the rest of us.
Quote of the week:
Karen- McKayla was laying on her little pod pillow on the ground and McKenna was snuggled up right beside her. She gave her a sweet kiss on the forehead and said “My sweet McKayla, I love you. You make me soooo happy” (oh my goodness, melt Momma’s heart!)
Kenny- McKayla was crying and I was reassuring McKenna that everything was okay. McKenna said “she’s just saying she wishes I had brown hair like her”. (I’m glad she can translate for us)
It has been a great second week and we are looking forward to many, many more!
McKayla vs Bear Week 2
for comparison HERE is our update from when McKenna was 2 weeks old