Thursday, October 23, 2008

Five Weeks.... and Surviving

Clara is five weeks old today. She had her one month checkup a few days back and got the thumbs up from the doctor for weighing in at 10 lbs. She is very strong and likes to hold her head up and look around when she's awake. She loves her swing, where she spends some of her daytime naps.

She started smiling around three weeks, which is earlier than our other babies ever did. Her first real smile was at Scott, which I immediately took as a sign that she's going to be a daddy's girl. She smiled a few times at Grandma too.

Speaking of Grandma... my Mom left to go back to Dubai a week ago. I sure miss you, Mom!

I really missed you this morning at 7:45 AM when Scott was in Toronto and I was walking all the kids to the bus stop with Nathan in the stroller and Clara bundled in the Snuggli because it was about 3 degrees outside.

Mostly I just miss hanging out with you and doing things together like cooking, shopping, sewing, and talking. I've been drinking those dessert teas everyday and thinking of you and what a great time we had together when you were here.

Clara is a good sleeper, in fact she has had three nights this past week where she slept for 6 hours straight. Oh, I can't tell you how grateful I am for those nights.

She went to her first concert on Tuesday when I took her to Waterloo to see my friend Meaghan Smith (who was totally amazing, by the way).

We are, on the whole, doing well. The adjustment to life with five young children has been as smooth as it possibly could, I'd imagine. I'm not going to lie. It is busy. Sometimes it's extremely overwhelming. I've learned the best thing to do in those situations is try to focus on getting through the day 10 minutes at time. I can't think too far beyond that or my brain gets overloaded.

My sister is flying across the country next Wednesday to come visit with my niece and nephew, and I am so incredibly excited about that!


  1. I wish I could have been there to walk with all of you to the bus! Glad you have figured out that making it through the next ten minutes or hour is a great strategy in a busy home.
    I miss all of you so much. It is very quiet in our villa.

  2. oh you are so sweet writing about your mom, makes me miss mine..although i dont have 5 kids..but sometimes you just need your mom right? :) and by the way, how lucky are you to go see Meaghan! my roomates and I love her music, and they were a bit jealous that I actually knew who she was! haha. great pics!

  3. I miss mom too, and I can't wait to see you guys! I wish Mona was going to be there too. I can't believe how grown up all the kids look in the picture with mom, I feel like it has been way longer than 5 months since I say you guys.


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