Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Finally, 4 Months

Eleanor turned 4 months old this past week. And finally, I feel adjusted to this new life with three. After all of those moments of saying, "This too shall pass." It has. I think I'm finally on the other side. For now. The ever-changing tides of parenthood seem to recede just when you are sure that you cannot take anymore.

One beautiful and random day last week, Eleanor decided that the Ergo is quite a cozy mode of transportation. It's completely changed my daily life. This is how I imagined life with three would be- a high-energy adventure with my two boys, just with a baby in the pouch. And four months in, that's what it's become. I'm really starting to love it.

I've enjoyed every minute of holding and snuggling this extra sweet baby girl. But now, my bathroom is swept, the dishes are washed, and the laundry is folded. And that makes life a lot easier to enjoy. Not perfect, but much better.

Homeschooling is going well. We read, we draw, we paint, we listen to music, we pretend. We play a lot - with friends, at the park, on the floor. And last week, after reading "The Complete Works of Peter Rabbit," we attended a "Peter Rabbit" puppet show at The Center for Puppetry Arts. I'm not sure who is having more fun - me or them.

Not only is life a bit easier now that Eleanor enjoys the Ergo, but she is fascinated by her constantly whirling brothers. This entertainment keeps her content long enough for me to run to the bathroom, take a bath, or grab something to eat. It's marvelous. And they think so too. They absolutely adore her. Experiencing the precious interactions between all three of them melts what's left of my horcrux-ed heart. We have our moments, but the happiness always outweighs the challenges.

And now, when all three little ones are fast asleep, I am whole-heartedly pursuing photography. Reading, learning, practicing, editing, website building, scheduling...I'm making it happen.

More to come soon.


Ma said...

Love it! Glad to hear you've found your groove - it always takes time to adjust :)

Mama Gone Green said...

Glad you are re-finding yourself. She sure is cute!

April said...

Eleanor is just precious, Caroline. I think I saw David and your boys at the Farmer's Market Saturday morning; I felt a wave of recognition, then instantly felt creepy because I only know your family through Facebook and your blog! I just smiled. :)

I'm excited to hear more about your blossoming photography endeavors. Good luck!

erinvechols said...

Still finding our groove over here at 4.5 months. (Our 1st....and only?) Wishing he would just sleep more. :( but we are getting there.