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November 17, 2010

John holds Rebekah for the first time

As I type this post (Tuesday evening), my sweet little Rebekah is sleeping on my chest- head tucked under my chin. She loves to cuddle with her Mommy in the evenings before she goes down.

Life has changed quite a bit in our household since her birth. John has had some really rough days acting out, whining, hitting, having fits and more whining. He just doesn’t know what to think of his sister. Poor little guy. We’re trying our best to love on him well since his world has changed so much too. His behavior is improving though with each day.

I’ve gone through a range of emotions. I’ve been happy, sad, and struggled with anger in dealing with John’s behavior while I’m overtired. I’m still trying to get used to balancing two babies. We are well supported by friends and family. Many people have brought meals, watched John, and been there for anything we’ve needed. When she’s in town, my mom has been amazing helping with laundry, meals, grocery shopping and anything I could ever need.

Jeremiah is working hard to provide for our family and is finishing his seminary classes for this semester. He helps me clean when he comes home and helps reinforce discipline with John. I feel like our marriage is growing stronger in all the change.

And Rebekah… she’s been a breeze so far. She eats and sleeps and is really laid back. She’s our little dolly.

In the midst of the transition, I am grateful. In the chaos at times, I wouldn’t want anything else in life. My perspective is beginning to shift regarding motherhood too. It is a whole lot harder than I ever thought! It’s such a sacrifice and isn’t for the weak at heart.

Life with two… I don’t have it all figured out. I’m far from being the perfect Mom. But I do know that somehow, it’s still the most rewarding job in the world. Even on the really hard days.

Well Rebekah has managed to move her little body all the way off my chest and into my arms. She’s all stretched out. Her eyes are still closed, her mouth is open and she’s breathing hard.

I pray these moments won’t slip away too fast.

10 Comments leave one →
  1. November 17, 2010 9:14 am

    Once you have 2, you realize how easy newborns can be 🙂 Congratulations!

  2. Cheryl permalink
    November 17, 2010 9:38 am

    It’s a special time. It sounds like you are doing very well at taking it all in and being a great mommy. Your article touches my heart. I kind of wish I could go back and just love my boys all the more. The time does slip away before you know it. I had to make it a point to enjoy and appreciate the different stages of my sons’ lives, so that I wouldn’t be sad when they weren’t little babies anymore.

    • November 17, 2010 12:57 pm

      Thank you Cheryl. I definitely have my moments! I am learning to appreciate the stages- it’s hard at times but so worth it to be content with where they’re at as you said 🙂

  3. kristierandolph permalink
    November 17, 2010 9:43 am

    Oh, Manth, I love you and your family! Yay for little Rebekah. I’m glad you’re “soaking in” these moments, to use a Sam phrase :).

  4. Anna permalink
    November 17, 2010 9:54 am

    I’ll pray for your big little guy to adjust well. It’s a lot to take in, I’m sure! What a sweet blessing! A familyof four. You know all too well how quickly time seems to pass. Be PRESENT in every moment. 🙂

  5. November 17, 2010 12:58 pm

    Thank you Kristie and Anna! the Present is definitely a gift!

  6. Kelly (Kruithoff) Carpenter permalink
    November 17, 2010 2:53 pm

    Awww! Congrats to you and Jeremiah and little John! I think you were pregnant with John when I met you at the Newaygo class reunion. I remember when my youngest son was born how I always felt like there wasnt enough of me, especially if they were both crying. Now if they are both crying it is usually because of something they have done to each other, like hitting or pinching or stealing each others toys. 🙂 It always makes me miss my siblings though… Just remember when John has jealous moments or acts up that a sibling is one of the greatest gifts you can give a child, and someday he will thank you for it.

  7. November 17, 2010 3:30 pm

    Congratulations and I’ll be praying for you. Yeah, newborns are so easy as opposed to toddlers, eh? No heart issues or attitudes! I’ll be praying for wisdom as you seek to both adjust to the changes yourself and help your little guy do so too.

  8. Julia Wells permalink
    November 17, 2010 5:10 pm

    Samantha, I much enjoyed reading your post. It’s always encouraging to hear mommy stories and know you’re not alone. Way to lead our pack! You’re doing an awesome job as mom!
    Love Jul

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