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Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Calm vs. Chaos

I have been writing this post in my head for over a week, just haven't found the time to actually sit down and get it into the blog.

Ahh...a moment of calm. She just had her first bath before that picture, and as you know it can be quite exhausting. She loved every moment of her bath though. She is proving to be nothing like her brothers so far.

Let's see...first of all she nurses well. That's right folks, she actually does what her brothers couldn't seem to grasp for the first several months. She even managed to put her birth weight back on in the two weeks that they typically do. Unlike her brothers who took several weeks to months to gain back their birth weight. Even the pediatrician didn't know what to say other than see you in 2 months. Weird!

She also sleeps. Well, as well as a newborn can, but the other two just screamed their precious little heads off from the moment we put them in the car seat to take them home. She loves her carseat by the way, and the bouncy seat, and the mini pack and play, and the cradle...just about anything we put her in...except the swing. She isn't too keen on that yet.

So, that's where we've had the calm. The chaos however, comes from the other two twirling vortex's of energy known as Ethan and Joshua! Between Ethan's constant energy and stubborn will, and Joshua's inability to form sentences thus making every sound that comes out of his mouth a loud, grating, grunting sort of noise...it shouldn't come as any surprise that Rebekah decides to just shut down all the time. It's kind of like having the vacuum cleaner on as white noise to help the baby calm down. My boys ARE the white noise...for her anyway. I think I'd rather have the vacuum on. (At least it doesn't talk back!)

Yes, indeed. We are constantly caught somewhere between the calm and chaos. Never really sure when the scales will tip in favor of one or the other, just always trying to stay one step ahead of it. Then in the few minutes when it is calm, I can try to sit back and enjoy this wonderful job of motherhood. But when it is chaotic, I can speed dial my husband several times an hour, and while on speaker phone share with him the rest of my day.

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