Judah's 5.5 weeks old now and we're still working to find a rhythm, but it gets better and better. Definitely give yourself time!
HeatherB ~ mama to 3 wonderful boys: 03/02; 09/04; 09/07 - and Eliana, 11/13/10!
Founder of Houston Birth Alternatives: Be Informed, Encouraged, Supported birth support group and aspiring midwife.
Suz, mommy to 2 chess-playing, lightsaber-wielding boys
This is my third and its just so much easier now. I'm much more calm and much harder to stress. I'm used to sleeping in spurts instead of all night long now days so its easier to get rest than it was last time too.
As far as online time, if they are all happy and baby is sleeping, I can be online. Or if I have baby on my lap at the computer and the rest are playing. I usually get on before breakfast, after lunch when some are napping, and again after everyone is in bed.
My second child was so easy she was like having a pet cat by comparison.
I win -- I was a single mom of TWINS the first time around! :
So, technically I've never had one baby at a time. Although right now I'm sitting here with just Sydney and it's HEAVEN (my mom took the boys to preschool and my older girl went with her).
I think it just depends on the baby, really. Sydney is very easy-going, she just likes to eat and cuddle. If she were my only one, I could get a lot done. If my other girl were my only one (when she was a newborn) I couldn't have gotten anything done, she was a very high needs baby. Luckily she's morphed into an easygoing 2.5yo.
I have 4 kids under the age of 5yo.
mom of (8) (5) (3) and born at home on Christmas day!
Erin is pretty easy going as well. She doesn't want to sleep by herself for naps so it does make some things harder but I am assuming she will grow out of it eventually. She was very sleepy for the first two weeks but now she gets over stimulated by the girls and has some reflux that bothers her, so she is either in arms or the sling during the day.
Dh, Me , DD 10 , DD 7 , DD 4
We , , , , not in that order
thankfully this third one is so happy and content. I just put her in the pouch and she is happy.
It just takes finding your groove. Good luck. It does get easier once you get used to it
Now I have my 2 month old and an almost 3 year old and 2 months ago I thought, "I'll never leave the house again...its too hard", but It is getting better...so It will get better for you as well. Let me know how things go for you. Is there anything specific you are struggling with?
Two weeks is still really, really young -- and also really soon after birth for you, you're still recovering. Mine is 6 weeks and I'm now managing to do a few things like go to a playgroup or get groceries -- and I have dh home full time!
The kids' personalities make a huge difference, as others have said. R is far more laid-back than my first and third were. He doesn't like to sleep alone or be on his own for very long (I think the longest stretch I've laid him down awake for was long enough to wipe down the counter and quickly clean the toilet in the bathroom), but he rarely cries if he's being held. I can put him in the wrap and take care of the other kids -- make sandwiches, brush teeth, read stories, wash dishes, sweep, pick up toys, etc. My oldest, on the other hand, was fussy and gassy and wanted to comfort nurse a lot and be walked a lot. It would have made things much more difficult to have older kids to look after.
Mom to DS(14), DS(12), DD(9), DS(6), DS (4), and DS(2)
I will say that the transition from 2-3 was so much easier than going from 1-2....even with having had a c/s with #3.
Ok, time to go NAK.
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