Then Mae Bae came along. My first night in the hospital I watched her, worried. Why was she so quiet? When the pediatric specialist came in in the morning to check her with a team of student doctor's I started questioning him about the length of time that she was sleeping. She'd slept for four hour stretches, I told him, my voice filled with worry. Should I wake her?
After he managed to stop looking at me like I was insane he told me to let her sleep when she wanted to sleep and to feed her when she woke up.
Mae is no longer the champion sleeper she used to be (although she's not a poor sleeper either... she slept from 8pm- 3am last night before she woke up to nurse and then from 3am-7am) but I have to admit things are still pretty laid back around here.
The girls are pretty good at playing on their own. At least that's what I thought, until earlier this week when Sadie went to get hay with Nani and Grumpa and was gone for the morning and Mae became a barnacle attached to the side of my leg. There was no way she was going to be leaving my side to play on her own. I had big plans for getting things done that morning, but very little was actually completed. She suddenly needed to nurse more and be held much, much more.
Sadie returned and Mae was transformed back into her normal, independent self. She cruised around the house on her own. She played with her sister. She hung out under the kitchen table (a popular spot). She emptied my cooking utensils out of their drawer (her favorite activity).
It was then that I realized that for me, having two has been much easier than having one. They play together. Sadie constantly says various forms of : "I want Mae Bae to ________ with me!" Examples are: "I want Mae Bae go on walk with me." "I want Mae Bae go in bath tub with me." "I want Mae Bae go swimming with me." "I want Mae Bae go outside with me!" "I want Mae Bae go to Nan's house with me!" Today she was upset because she wanted Mae Bae to sit in the same car seat as she was sitting in. I had to put my foot down.
A toddler and a baby do keep a mom pretty busy. But I've been pleasantly surprised to find that I'm not nearly as busy as I thought I'd be (certainly not twice as busy as I was with one!). It does probably help that they're fairly close together (Mae and Sadie are two years apart, the new baby with be a year and a half younger than Mae Bae).
And Mae Bae and Sadie both seem pretty excited to throw Baby #3 into the mix! It's going to be quite the party at our house...