Oscar's parents drove Tyler back home the Sunday after we returned with Allison from the hospital. We dressed Allison in this cute dress shirt from my friend Becky. I tried adding this ladybug bib to complement the outfit, but it was monstrously too big for her. It was the 2nd hour of church before Marcus and Martha showed up with Tyler, and I completely broke down when I saw him. I'd felt guilty for not having missed him that previous week, but the longing for him returned as soon as I knew he was back in the state. I kept checking my phone for updates and a week's worth of missing my son hit me all at once. I dropped to my knees since I couldn't pick him up and let him run into my arms. There in the middle of the chapel during Sunday School I held him tight for 5 minutes and bawled until all my makeup had washed off. To my complete delight he was still and just let me hold him. It was lovely! Then at some point he tried to run off and screamed when I tried to stop him, so I picked him up out of habit and carried him out of the chapel before the tantrum got out of control. My inlaws came running after me to relieve me of him. I didn't damage anything when I carried him, but after I'd put him down I could feel the strain I'd put on my body and realized why I wasn't supposed to do that.
After church Oscar's parents spent a bit more time with Allison and then took off for Utah. My sister's family also came up to visit before they took off for their trip to Australia the next day. Hana loved holding Allison and the feeling was mutual!
That evening I attempted to parent both kids. I was a bit worried that sibling rivalry was coming, but fortunately Tyler adores his sister. He often asks if we can read to her. Later that night he was happy to be home and slept peacefully in his room.
Allison looked beautiful in my blessing blanket. My mom had been saving it for me all these years.
My little swaddle girl cuddling with her "cat in the cradle."
Our funny guy getting a bubble bath.
He just loves playing with his sister. It's a good thing she's so mellow and puts up with his poking and prodding her.
Mommy's sweetheart! I love the pic on the left. It's like she's saying "I have a secret."
nearly as functional as I thought I was. People kept telling me how impressed they were at what I could do so soon after a c section, but I was still far from recovered.There's nothing like having my rambunctious toddler back to remind me I'd just had major surgery.
Parenting Tyler verses parenting Allison is like playing racquetball verses going bowling. I've had quite a bit of experience at both sports, and I'm pretty good at each, but I couldn't imagine playing both of them at the same time. Tyler is a busy, demanding ball of energy, like a racquetball flying around the court. You're always attentive to that ball and sometimes it gets beyond your control, but at the end of the game, you feel great. You got a great workout, had fun, and feel very accomplished.
Mommy wraps her up in blankets. Daddy wraps her in his sweatshirts.
Such a sweet girl!
Love these kiddos. Janet, one of the caregivers at the gym, gave Tyler this construction hat.
Zonked out with my baby girl.
And to finish off the month I took the kids to Bob's Pumpkin Patch, my first outing with both of them without help. There were other adults so I thought I'd be okay, and I was, but it was still very overwhelming. It was a couple more months before I was actually comfortable taking them both out together.
How to have 10 straight days of temper tantrums - send your 28 month old off for a fun filled week of being extra spoiled by extended relatives and then bring him home to a new sister taking up his parents' attentions and a mommy who can't pick him up or let him sit on her lap.