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Friday, May 8, 2009

Oh, we are sooooo in love with this little girl...perhaps smitten would be a better word! We are doing well and adjusting to life with Paisley at our side. The boys are adoring her and asking for her most of the time; first thing in the morning, while they're eating lunch, during nap, at night time. It's been special watching them interact with her, "can I pet her?" asks Tyler about 100 times a day. "Yes, Tyler, you can touch her." I'm not sure where this "pet" thing came from, but it's endearing.
Daddy is as proud as can be. He said the other night, while she was lying peacefully on his chest, "I love how a baby stops the world." And it's true, everything else just fades away and no one says anything about it. You can just sit and BE and watch a miracle unfold before you. When I see Jake with Paisley. I have a feeling inside that I never knew before , I'm not sure what to call it, but I like how it feels.
Each day she becomes more alert and her eyes....they are piercing....when she's awake that is, which isn't too often. She's been sleeping and eating well. At night she's up every 2-3 hours, eats, poos and then goes back to sleep quite well. I am thankful for that. There's nothing quite like hearing the sound of your Baby feeding, I love it! They get all desperate sounding and then settle into a rhythm all their own as they get their nourishment and comfort from you. And when her belly is empty, I can literally hear the milk going into her belly.....oh, LOVE! I forgot about the I-just-changed-your-diaper-and-two-seconds-later-you-poo-again thing, but if my memory serves me correctly, this will be the case for some time. I'm always amazed at how many diapers a little hiney can produce in a day or even one night for that matter!! (I'm now taking donations for my friend Jeane, as she will be having twins before too long).
So far, the adjustment from 2 children to 3 has been a joy. I'm feeling just great physically and each day seems better, I'm tired of course, but that's par for the course. I have a perspective that seems to have settled in this time around....I WILL SLEEP AGAIN, it might not be for awhile, but I know that these sleepless nights will be behind me soon. I remember with Tyler, my firstborn, just lying in bed crying because I knew I would have to wake up again so soon, I didn't even want to fall asleep....but this time, (although it's only been one week) feels differently. I think it's because I DO KNOW that time goes so quickly. My little nephew, Bennett, is 6 months old already....it feels like my sister JUST called me to tell me it was a BOY!! And yesterday I received a grad announcement for my niece Tessa, my eyes teared up because I too remember when she was born and now she will embark on this wonderful new journey into womanhood, adulthood and maybe even motherhood at some time! Time is a strange thing....
These are sweet, magical days that are meant to be embraced, even if I'm tired and feeling irritable from time to time. I will sleep again, but Paisley won't ever be this new again. A quick THANK YOU to all my family and friends who have helped out around here: cleaning, cooking, bringing food, (Mandi, those strawberries are out of this world)! taking care of the boys, increasing my pink stash of clothing, bringing me coffee, (Shrish)! mowing the yard, (Tom B., that was so sweet of you to help out last night and I'm still feeling badly that you didn't know our mower was self-propelling!!! Jake wishes you wouldn't have found out so that you would think he's an ox)!!
I'm off to take a nap as the rest of my house is fast alseep right now....glorious hour!
"It was the tiniest thing I ever
decided to put my whole life into
."
~Terri Guillemets~

12 comments:

ervina barkman said...

paisley is beautiful and i love the happiness that so visibly accompanies her arrival. i always have to smile while reading your thoughts on motherhood. they make me excited to become one myself someday, and embrace it as wholeheartedly as you do!

tines said...

janelle! sounds like you're doing so well. ahhh, so happy for you guys. really want to see that little P soon. and want to bring a meal too. she is SO beautiful. xo

clarita barkman yoder said...

What a beautiful post! Loved seeing more pictures, hearing your beautiful mother heart, and am thankful you and everyone are doing well!

Anne said...

I'm so glad you're doing well. Paisley is just precious and I love that name. You look beautifully happy too. Tired but happy.

Sarah said...

Oh Janelle, Paisley is absolutely beautiful!!! So glad to hear your all doing well and adjusting smoothly... It definitely is a time to be in "Awe"...
Can't wait to hold this little beauty... Great to see that you've been able to put that little hat to use ;-)
~Much love...

Ang Stoltzfus said...

so much sweetness exudes from your paisley post! =) i think about you guys over there all of the time...but i'm sure that you've had a lot lot lot of visitors, so i didn't want to bombard you. soon i will come over & bring you pink things & food too! =) happy mothers day!!!

Fan said...

Sweet pics! Paisley is so very precious, I enjoyed holding her at mom and dad's on Sunday...

Love the name change on your blogspot, it's a creative twist to the name you had before.

Jena said...

THinking of you guys, hoping you're continuing to do well! Hoping to still see you guys on Sunday?

Lulu and Tutz said...

Waiting for the first arrival of your pink bundle to the pink shop down the street! She is SO sweet!
Love the new blog name!
Blessings on your day...

Just a little something from Judy said...

Janelle, She is so adorable!! I think of you and your family and this precious new little one. Love this post! Just makes me smile to think of the joy you are experiencing. Congratulations dear friends!

Anonymous said...

sweet, sweet paisley!!

Erin Weaver said...

Hi Janelle, I'm a friend of Jena's, which I think is where I found the link to your blog at some point. Actually, you probably also know (or knew) my husband Kent, in high school.
I just wanted to say congratulations! Your daughter is absolutely precious!