Friday, April 10, 2009

New Niece/Nephew Yet?

I am waiting the arrival of my newest niece or nephew. This child is taking it's time! Two weeks past the expected due date. I wonder if this is going to be the habit of this child in life? Watch out Julie! ;) Whenever I hear of a new baby coming it makes me stop and look at my children in amazement of how big they are and how far they have come. Little Anna was a newborn just over a year ago. So much has changed since then! Now she is running around the house getting into everything and getting into trouble for it. ha ha ha! Getting at her brother's and sister's things! It is entertaining and it is a lesson in dealing with little ones for the bigger kids. A lesson of accepting that things don't seem fair even tho mom says they are fair. It is good for them to accept that. Austin has had the hardest time transitioning during this last year. Ethan and Emma were thrilled to have Anna! But Austin, well, I think he liked her b/c everyone else did, but it also dethroned him as 'the baby', a very cherished spot in his mind. Therefore, it has been a tough year for me and him. I have HAD to put all the kids and even activities on hold quite a bit in order to take care of Anna. I will admit, that I have even had to put dealing with Austin and his issues on hold just to try and deal with the immediate physical needs of everyone. I felt bad, but didn't know what else to do at the time. Didn't feel that I could do any more than I was already doing. That first year is just exhausting! Plus, in my mind, Austin still was a 'baby'. I couldn't reason with him like I do with Ethan and Emma. So, I had to be up and literally running around after him to tackle the issues that needed to be dealt with. And I did not have the energy for that. So, now that we are in Anna's second year, I get sleep at night and feel like a human being again, and I am also feeling like I am getting back into my game. :) And Austin is going to be 4 years old on Sunday....he is just that much older that I can start to reason with him. And I can give him and the other kids the one-on-one time that they miss. A new phase in this season of my life has started and I am already loving it. 

1 comment:

PerfectMomentProject said...

did the baby come?
isn't it amazing how you just FALL IN LOVE with nieces and nephews?
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