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Finnella Blessing 29 days old

My sweet little Finnella will be one month old tomorrow! I am having a hard time believing that little statistic as far as she is concerned. 
As for me, I am definitely feeling more like a human and less like a blubbering ball of  baby fat and boobage. I even briefly considered going for an energetic walk this morning. Then I thought better of it and had a second cup of coffee. 
Intellectually and creatively,  I am bouncing back as well. I still can’t be counted on to remember things like feeding other people’s cats or who is taking Aviana to piano, but I finished up all my reading and study guide for my upcoming Birth Boot Camp Instructor training and yesterday Brielle and I painted these:
Nursing is going MUCH better. In fact, on Sunday, she nursed in the wrap while I walked around grocery shopping. That felt pretty monumental. I can read while she nursed now and have read a couple of pretty good books this month. You should find me on GoodReads! I am thankful nursing has stopped requiring all of my concentration. 
I handle being with the kids by myself pretty well. If the big girls have done their jobs, and are just sitting there reading, I pass off Finnella to them. It seems like a win-win :). Today a friend needed some help and so she brought her two boys over, and I had eight kiddos here! It worked out in my favor though because I can be a broken record with my own boys, “go outside. Go outside. Go. OUT. Side!” But when they have friends here, they will play out there unbidden for days.
Finnella doesn’t really do much to report, just the baby basics: eat, exit what she ate, cry, sleep, repeat. She did make it all the way into town today without crying, not all the way to our destination, but still, progress. She recognizes me; if she is crying in somone else’s arms, when I take her she almost always quiets immediately–at least momentarily. 
I think the other children have adjusted now, at least for the most part. We are finding our new normal, and it is good.

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Finnella Blessing: Nine Days Old

What an absolutely wonderful day. I am so thankful for my family, and the amazing people who are in my life.
I was home by myself with all six chiddlers all morning. And it was genuinely good. 
I sat outside and made them pull weeds and various tasks amid much push back. When I got fed up with the contrariness, I went in and did my hair and nursed that baby. It is going SO much better. 
Cadrian made lunch. Then Finnella woke up and Brielle took care of her, while I fixed Aviana’s hair and finished getting ready for our newborn photos. I am so thrilled to see them. My friend and photographer is so talented! I was bummed Kevin had to bale hay so he couldn’t be in any, but she is going to come over next week for a quick family session. 

 Brielle went with me and helped immensely–even though she got a little bored. We ran some errands. Our librarians were excited to meet our Fizzy Baby and thoroughly and properly admired her. Brielle ran into the grocer store for me and then we stopped at Dollar General where we bought nothing that was on our list and several things that weren’t. 
We got home just in time to eat a simply delicious meal a dear friend brought over and strawberry pie my mother-in-law dropped off.
And in time to get a giant fox snake out of our garage. 

The children are all in bed, Finnella is sleeping in my arms and the Farmer just got home. Now it is time to rest and settle in with my honeys. Big day!

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