PHASE: POSTPARTUM + ONE

But first...some Penny candy... Explanation: It is what it is: the period of time directly following the birth of a baby...plus an older brother. Pros: -It really isn't that bad! I was really quite nervous to start rolling solo after Phil went back to school, but all three of us try really hard: Me, I try to fairly allot my attention; Ryder, tries really hard to be accepting of his new little sister and Penelope: tries really hard to sleep a lot. -I get enough sleep if I go to bed early enough. She allows me an average of 4-5 hours sleeping intervals thru the night which I'm very grateful for. -If I am not sleep-deprived I find myself the happiest I've ever been -I got a healthy angel baby for Christmas -I have a baby boy who isn't a fan about the changes happening in his world, but has a sweet soul and is trying his darndest to adapt. He also doesn't like it if you push the shopping cart fast (something he loves) while Penny is inside. Cons: -We all have our moments. Ryder with the tantrums, me with my downer-dolly mood swings and Penny with her dozen-a-day dirty diapers. -I do feel that "I'm never going to have time to do anything beside being a mom AGAIN!" moments -I still think nursing is odd, but she's gaining weight and eating enough, so I don't care that it's odd. -I feel like it literally takes me an hour to get ready to go do something as simple as grocery shopping. -I've given up on trying to look any sort of attractive those first few weeks after having a baby. Bring on the sweats! The Evolution of Ryder and Penelope... For a couple of days Penny was what my mom called the big pink elephant in the room that Ryder knew was there but politely chose not to acknowledge. This photo shows our first attempt to get them in a picture together and shows Ryder's feelings as plain as day. But as each day went by things got a little better... Although my cheesy heavenly upward glance was an error, I can't help thinking it shows, rather well, my smug and the overwhelmingly grateful feeling I had to a) get Ryder to come sit by me while I was holding Penelope and b) to be snuggling them both at the same time. Soon, with a little help, Ryder consented to hold his baby sister Now, he even sometimes WANTS to hold her :)

20 comments:

  1. So very very cute. I love the little picture of her with Ryder, the one where he is ignoring her. I think we a have bunch very similar.

    So cute...and you look good! No dark circles or anything.

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  2. That is so sweet. Little Penny is beautiful!

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  3. I'm so happy for you. It's a total adjustment to have two kids. Noah didn't handle Hazel very well for a while but now they are seriously best friends and they're only 3.5 and 19 months. They love each other. It's really fun.

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  4. You look good and sound like you are handling this phase of life GREAT! Good work momma! Such pretty kids you have!

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  5. Those pictures really do capture that season well.
    She looks like you.

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  6. I hear ya, two is very hard sometimes! Looks like everybody is figuring out how to adjust though. Penny and Ryder are both little cuties! Isn't it so fun to have a girl?

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  7. She's such a doll. I'm glad you getting back into the swing of things. 2 is a transition, but you'll get there and then you'll wonder what you ever did with all the extra time you had with only one child :)

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  8. Anonymous1:27 PM

    CUTE photos Jasmine! Keep 'em coming! Not like you have your hands full or anything. :) Hope all is well in the 801.

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  9. Jas - that was me... not sure why it went annonymous on me. :)

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  10. You guys all look so darling! Congratulations that she's a sleeper and that Ryder's doing so well. :) You will get some time for yourself, but you really have to make it count, now.

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  11. I love the Ryder transformation pictures, glad he's taking a liking to his sister. She is so cute! At first I thought she looked just like you, but then when I looked at the pictures again I think she looks so much like Phil! She must be a perfect mixture.

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  12. Congrats Jazzy! She is beautiful! It is so good for me to read your blog because I will be going through the same thing in about 8 weeks. A 3 year old little boy and a brand new baby girl! :)

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  13. I love love love it. Oh...we've definately got to come see :), but we've got to wait for Brayton to get over his sniffles. I'm sure you would appreciate that!

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  14. Congrates she is very cute

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  15. Jazzy,

    Penelope is ADORABLE! (and oh, how that name is just so perfect!) I think she looks just like you! Congratulations on her safe arrival--what a wonderful Christmas gift. Also, can't wait to hear/read about your adventures in the big apple. How fun for you all!:)

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  16. I'm trying to be a better commenter - sorry it's taken me so long! Love this post because it makes me feel more in touch with what is going on in your family. Your babies are both beautiful. I love Penny's little knit dress - DARLING! I haven't watched Chuck yet - can't wait!

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  17. Jazzy!!! Your family is so cute!! I so know what that is like with the older brother not liking the younger sibling! Everett got to the point of throwing stuff at his head and that made me more mad at him. Nonetheless, things have gotten better, although he still throws stuff at him, but at least he likes him now!! Hang in there cute girl!

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  18. Brayton's all better now! Can we come visit you on Saturday? I can even bring you guys dinner :)

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  19. AHHH, I love em' and miss em' to pieces! Give them a squeeze from their Aunt Carly:)

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  20. I love that you call her Penny! that is so cute! I'm glad to hear the truth about what it can be like for the older one to adapt to the baby. Thanks for sharing the pros and cons. You are great Jazzy! Hope you are having a great day!

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