|Big sister Marie checking out the baby's little feet|
|Giving Joseph kisses|
|Big brother David|
|Big brother Ian|
|The foot! The perfect, precious, tiny, baby foot!|
|Keeping the baby company|
|It was so funny to me when Marie would hold Joseph because it seemed like he was almost as big as she was =)!|
|A 22-month old foot and a 4-day old foot|
I dropped my mother off at the airport 2 days after Joseph was born, and, that evening, my mother-in-law flew in to help us. She was SUCH a GREAT help, and I cried when she left, not sure how I was going to be able to manage without her!
|Warm, soft, snuggly baby!|
I had heard quite a few people say that after 3 kids, you might as well go ahead and have 3 or 4 more because 3 was the hardest and, if you could make it through that, you were all set. I was quite pregnant with Joseph before I started to suspect that this might not actually be the case for
"I do try to enjoy my children. It is hard on the MANY days when I feel completely outnumbered and overwhelmed with the simultaneous demands of 4 distinct individuals who all think I should take care of them first. And, for the fourth time in a row, I have been blessed with another baby who has a stomach so sensitive that I cannot eat dairy products, chocolate, eggs, etc...without causing him to scream, and, just like his siblings, he WILL NOT SLEEP during the day, and doesn't do much better at night! I keep wondering what I ever did to irritate God...some lucky people only get ONE child like this and EVERY ONE of mine has done it. I really don't think I'm asking too much when I wish the child would sleep for longer than 15 minutes at a time. NORMAL babies supposedly take 2 or 3 2-3 hour naps EVERY DAY, and it is truly amazing how much you can get done during those periods so that you can then enjoy your precious baby for the rest of the time that they are awake. It's really hard when they never sleep and they want to be held every second, so all you can do is rock your sweet baby and watch your house fall apart around you. And I'm not even one of those people who keeps their house perfect all the time! My standards are pretty relaxed compared to a lot of people, but when the ants start moving in because your other children are feeding them so well and you haven't had a chance to either vacuum or sweep to discourage them, and you can't walk through one room of the house without stepping on at least one thing, and the laundry is piled, either clean or dirty, all over the house waiting to be done, and there are three day's worth of mail piled on the desk, and dinner can't be cooked by a person who only has one arm free...it starts to get to me! I know it gets better because it has every other time, but this first year is really brutal! A year is a long time! The sad thing is, I'm also not one of those mothers who thinks "mother" in interchangeable with "maid", so everyone in this house is expected to help and it is STILL this bad...of course, there is something to be said for that whole "it's easier to do it yourself than make someone else do it" thing...But I think it does children (and husbands) a dis-service to not teach them how to do all of these things so that they can take care of themselves one day. I just wish I was stronger and had more stamina and energy. And, as much work as it is, and as long as this first year is, I know it will go by quickly, and then I will miss some parts of it, so I truly do try to enjoy those rare precious moments as they come."
|"I'm too cute to cause so much trouble!"|
I had given the previous 3 children some sort of baby food at 4 months because