18 days old Miss Helena. Sometimes it seems strange to have you here... and then other times it really just fits. You're a little firecracker. One minute asleep and the next breath holding and screaming. Eva adores you - you are her baby Helena. Theodore likes to ignore you - unless he is asking, "Me hold it? Me hold it!?!" They both worry and yell for me when you cry. You are so well loved by them.
Today was my first morning and afternoon mostly alone. Your daddy was a rockstar before he left for his first day back to work. He had both big kids ready and dressed. We have been really spoiled to have him off this long. It has been amazing but back to reality, right?
We managed well today. Took Eva to school and got her there on time. We made a grocery store trip where I only forgot two things that we needed. You ate in the store parking lot before we went in and again when we came out. Cluster feeding has been your jam lately. Thank goodness for the episode of Mickey on my phone. It was my saving grace keeping Theo happy while you snacked away.
This afternoon your grandpa came for the big kids and it is just me and you tonight. I imagine there will be a whole lot of feeding you. Watching episodes of Gilmore Girls while I fold laundry. Then more feeding you. I spend a lot of time feeding you and changing you. You Miss Helena are the queen of making huge messing in the middle of a diaper change. I have been sprinkled on, sprayed and other sorts of grossness more times with you than Eva and Theodore combined... in their entire lifetime.
We are all so glad to finally meet our Deedle. We have been busy holding, snuggling, swaddling, kissing and baby head sniffing over here. This brand new family of five is settling in to a new rhythm. We are enjoying lots of time together and soaking up these first few days of newborn goodness.
Eva found a worm. She loved it, named it and even kissed it. We talked her out of keeping it in her room and talked her into putting it in the grass to visit its family. It was touch and go, but the little worm survived our negotiations - but just barely.
Fall is here and it really has felt like it has been hanging on the fringes for a awhile. With such a cool summer - it never seemed that far away. Eva and Theo really don't like being out and about in the evening in the dark. Eva thinks we have stayed out too late and Theo is kinda scared. Funny how they forget. We are all excited for pumpkins, trick-or-treating and the leaves changing color. Eva thinks they should be this way all the time - it would be gorgeous.