I have hesitated to update because I don't have pictures to go with this post. Sarah went back to Scottsboro, along with her wonderful camera. She has promised to send me the pictures of John coming home, so I will post those soon. I know that posts are so much better with pictures.
Anyway, here we are. Adjusting to life with two, and so far, things are going exceptionally well. I am crossing my fingers and saying lots of prayers that things continue this way.
John is a champion sleeper so far. Thank you, Lord. Anything is possible after a good night's sleep!! In fact, last night, he slept from 10:30-2:30, and then didn't wake up again until 6:30 am!!! Can you believe that? I can't. Every night I go to bed thinking this will be the night that he "wakes up." I am having to get used to sleeping in the room with him. I lie in bed listening to his little sounds, and I make myself not jump up at every sound that sounds "abnormal" to me. I tell myself to get my mind on something else, or I just begin to pray for both of my children, and I usually drift off. That is all the Lord because I couldn't sleep with Ada in the room with me. I would just lie awake in between feedings listening to her breath. It was maddening. Not this time. Scott and I have woken up the past three mornings very rested and amazed!!
He is also nursing. Again, thank you, Lord. We had everything working against us--a million bottles in the hospital, the NICU stay, and everything else, but he has not had one bottle since being home, and he hasn't needed one. Every nursing session gets better and better. I feel very taken care of by the Lord. The only problem is keeping him awake during feedings. I can get him to do ten minutes on one side, then I change his diaper to wake him up, and I might get five minutes on the other side. He does better in the middle of the night. Is this normal? I worry that he isn't doing ten minutes on both sides. I would love some feedback from other nursing moms. He seems to be a very laid back baby, but of course, he may not have fully "woken up" yet, but I will take these "easy" days to get my strength back!!
Ada is also doing surprisingly well. I can tell that she is affected by this shift in her world, though. Her emotions are definitely heightened, and she has thrown several fits over the smallest things. Yesterday she went to Kroger with me and John stayed here with mom. I could tell she was loving it, that time to be alone with me. But she has been very sweet to John, kissing him and such. She keeps saying, "he not talking." So I have to explain over and over that he can't talk yet, but that one day he will get bigger and they can play together. I think she is a bit unimpressed with him as he just lies there all day.
So...that's how things are going here. Very, very, very well, all things considered, and I am so thankful. (and goodness knows, I would tell you all the gory details if things weren't going well) Mom is still here, so I know things will get a little more difficult once she leaves.
I am so in love with my little man. I stare and stare and cuddle and soak in the smell of him. He is my precious boy, just as Ada is my precious girl. I am so thankful for these children of mine.