It amazes me how much you forget about having a newborn. With our other kids walking talking and dressing themselves, I realize how precious a newborn is. I find myself watching her and wondering what she is thinking about. What does she dream? Does she smell? That place in my heart grows each day as I watch her and I love that I am getting the chance to experience it all again.
I have been lucky in that I have been able to take a week off of work for each of our children after they are born. It has always been to help Kari get healed and back on her feet but in some small way it is also selfish so that I can spend some time with my kids. It is a practice that I hope I can continue with the next one(s).
So far she has been such a quiet baby. I know that it is most likely the newborn that sleeps all of the time, but I remember Alex being awake and screaming when he wasn’t attached to Kari. I think that she spent the first six months of his life sleeping sitting up. So far Lena seems to be maintaining a schedule.
Our family has been great, It is amazing how much a newborn can bring a family together. Kari’s Aunt Birgit who is always so wonderful to our family especially our kids, sent a care package for Lena and included some of the coolest books for Aria and Alex. These books are customized for them and bring them into the story. I looked all over the web and found them here. These will be books that our kids will cherish their whole lives. She also included a surprise for the kids mom as well.
We were so relieved to get home from the hospital. I never feel so vulnerable as when I drive my newborns home. I am so sure that something is going to go wrong and we are no longer at the hospital where someone can fix it. I always settle down when we pull into the driveway though. It silly I know but it happens. With Aria I left the hospital for a couple of hours to go home and get a few things that we forgot. I have never though of myself as a worrier, but I had the worst panic attack that I can remember. I almost turned around and went back to the hospital, but with a little prayer and reason I calmed down enough to do what I needed to do. I did not leave the hospital with Alex hoping to avoid a repeat of that. We had a family reunion on the 13th in Kaysville and I took the kids up to play with cousins that they don’t get to see often. It was good to see the Briggs clan and catch up with the people that I know I should see more.
Our ward family was so good to us as well bringing us over dinners so we could spend time with the kids. A special thanks to the Bates, Hiller, Dansie, Vasquez, and Reading family for the delicious meals that we we given. I have had to take over the attention giving completely for Alex and Aria so that Kari can be with Lena. I think this is the least favorite thing for Kari because she loves the kids so much. I was excited as I got to take them and pick them up from school each day, and to ask them what they did. I think it is funny at how Alex wants to bring his back pack every morning ever though he does not go to school on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. What ever makes him happy. It was good timing because I was able to got to Aria’s school for the Daddy and Doughnut day. We were able to bring a stack of books and read as we ate doughnuts and had juice and Chocolate milk..
At Lena’s first appointment she was given a clean bill of health the bilirubin levels were good even though she had the yellow tinge to her eyes and skin. If I have not told any of you this in the past I would just have to say that we have the best pediatrician in the world. I really appreciate how she is with the kids and with Kari as well. She is always so attentive to her and concerned for her health and mental state and never misses a chance to compliment how well Kari is doing with the kids. I know how much she appreciates this even though I try to tell her as much as I can she always likes to hear it from someone else.
Being at home also gave the ability to help my sister as her house flooded while they were on vacation. Kelly sent out an SOS at two in the morning on Friday because water was flowing up the floor drain in the basement. A clog was the culprit and the water softener was what created all of the water. The silver lining might be that there wont be any hard water stains
Kari and the Kids were getting a little cabin fever so we decided to take them on a picnic to a park that we passed coming home from the new Costco on Thursday. It was a perfect day. It was warm in the sun and cool in the shade. Even little Lena seemed to enjoy the warm sun on her face. The older kids always enjoy a trip to the park.
As we closed the week I think that we were both sad because of the inevitable date of my return to work. I so enjoy spending time with my family and when I am gone my thoughts are always dominated by them. This is the curse of the family I know now, but a curse that I will never want to be rid of.