Wow, what a week it’s been! Our baby girl finally decided to make her debut 6 days past her due date, on 9/3/15 at 1:52pm in Issaquah, WA. She was 8 lbs. 1 oz. and 21.5 inches long. I plan on journaling her birth story in the next few weeks, but for now I just wanted to jot down what it’s been like the last week with a newborn and toddler at home. It’s only been 2.5 years since we had Deacon, but I’ve already forgotten what it’s like to have a newborn. The days go by quickly and the nights are long, but as tired as we are, I’m trying to enjoy this phase because I know how soon it’ll pass. David says I’m more affectionate with Devyn than I was with Deacon, which is surprising to hear because quite honestly, I never really cared to have a daughter. I would have been A-OK having only boys, but she’s been a sweet blessing and I’m so thankful God graced us with a baby girl.
Deacon has been the best older brother, but of course he got sick the day we brought Devyn home from the hospital. It’s been a lot of coaching him not to get too close and to only kiss her head. He’s been super sweet and gentle with her, and looks for her every morning. He’s been whinier and more defiant than usual, and we wonder if it’s because of the cold, having my parents who can’t seem to say “no” to him, or the presence of a new baby around. Perhaps all of the above (ha!). The hardest part so far has been juggling two kids, especially while nursing Devyn with Deacon around. Sometimes it takes anywhere between 20-40 minutes and I feel like it’s been taking a toll on my relationship with Deacon. I’ve had to lock the door to our room to prevent him from coming in and getting all up in our grill (bless his little heart), and it seriously makes me so sad when I hear him outside calling for me. David and I have been more intentional in spending quality alone time with him, especially keeping our nightly routine of praying with him and putting him down for the night, which I think has been helping him with the transition. Although he’s on a waiting list to enter pre-school near my school, I’ve been going back and forth on whether or not I want to send him. I know it would be a lot easier to care for Devyn and that he would benefit from the social interaction and stimulation, but a part of me doesn’t want to let him go just yet!
My parents have been here for almost 3 weeks now, and I seriously thank God for them (even though they drive me crazy sometimes). They graciously decided to extend their stay until October because Devyn arrived so late. They’ve been cooking and taking care of Deacon (lots of spoiling going on, but I’m trying to let that go) so I can recover and care for Devyn. David’s parents have also been super helpful in taking Deacon out whenever they can so he can get some fresh air. Deacon and Devyn are so blessed to have both sets of grandparents around!
Yesterday was the first time we all went out as a family of four to a nearby park and took a little walk while Deacon ran around in the playground. It was really nice stepping out and enjoying the sun and nice weather while it lasts. Next week we’ll be doing our newborn shoot with our good friend, Sako. We’re super excited and thankful we can capture this time in our lives. Until then, here are a few snapshots of our family 🙂