It's Jan 14 and we are just now officially finished with the holidays.
The tree and decorations are down, the last guests left yesterday and today is my first day alone with all three little kids in about a month.
I'm not going to lie, it was a stressful Christmas season this year. Post partum, death of a pet, guest hoopla, lack of routine, colds and then second colds for everyone, and oh, the daycare provider went on holiday so the twins have been at home for three straight weeks.
Home, sick and it's cold and grey and rainy outside.
But we've done relatively well when all is said and done. The kids got good bonding time with their grandparents. I got a little help during the day with the twins and my MIL took charge of dinner, FIL in charge of kitchen clean up every night. I got more time with Cierra and I appreciated that. I also got more time with the twins and had the opportunity to prove that I can indeed get out with all three of them by myself. :) I'm very proud of that!
Cierra continues to be a sweet, relaxed baby. At 7 weeks she is full of smiles and coos and squeaks as she tries so hard to communicate. I wish she were a little less gassy, wish she slept a little better at night but I really can't complain too much. I pretty regularly get one 3 hour stretch of sleep at some point during the night and that makes a huge difference to my days. Random sunny days also help a LOT!
My anxiety has settled down to what I consider normal and I'm looking forward to the weeks ahead as Cierra grows bigger and we establish more of a routine of awake and asleep time.
The twins continue to surprise me, being so good when I'm home alone with them and playing very well when I least expect it. They also continue to drive me nuts, weird sleep issues cropping up, being truly mean to each other, playing too rough, not listening and in general being the emotional time bombs that 3 year old are. But overall, we're making progress and as we all get healthy again I think we'll all be less emotionally volatile. :)
I'm so looking forward to all that 2015 will hold; all of Cierra's firsts, being home with the kids this spring and summer, the twins starting preschool in the fall.
It's going to be a great year, I can feel it.