how has life changed for you in 1 year?
Well, Liam is 1 year old today. He is just such a cute, energetic, loving little boy. I love having 3 kids, but it is a little harder than I thought. I had a SUPER hard time with the transition from 1-2 and I thought 2-3 was going to be a piece of cake compared to that (everyone says so.....) and while it was easier, and I didn't have PPD as bad this time, it was still so hard. It is also so wonderful. The girls love Liam so much and I love seeing DD1 really take an interest and being so helpful and engaged.
what is the most rewarding aspect of being a mother, for you?
I love seeing them playing together. I love reading to the girls while nursing DS. I love it when DD1 or DD2 tells me or DH or DS that they love us. It is so special. I love them all so much and love it when DS goes out of his way to play with the girls. They are just so cute together. I love snuggling with all of them and DS is so so good at snuggling!
first baby-- how has your emotional dynamic shifted, if at all? do you look at mothers in a different light? at babies? at yourself?
3rd baby, but holy cow, emotions run high whenever we add another, whether it is 1, 2, or 3. DH gets less time, DDs have more independent play time, I feel maxed out most of the time. But, I still have this great desire to have another.
more than one baby--what challenges do you face as a growing family? plans for more children or not?
Yup, I find I am just pretty overwhelmed most of the time. We do homeschool and i have all the kids with me ALLLLLLLLL the time, so I think I get to my breaking point. I am super excited about a local parenting class I am signed up for. It is called 'joyful parenting'... I am super excited as I feel I don't really use all the tools I can, and am just in survival mode some times. Wish me luck! Starts in a few weeks. DH and I are in a standstill about future kids. I think he is pretty done, but I would like one more. Time will tell (Fertility returns at 16ish months and we have not started using protection, so that leads me to believe an Oops wouldn't be the end of the world.)