Friday, July 20, 2012

Letting Go

My baby baby baby boy is one month old!  These past few weeks have gone by so quickly!  Levi is a perfect fit for our family, and I've (mostly) enjoyed every bit of these past 4 weeks.  I've also been spoiled rotten.  My mom was with us the week before Levi's arrival and the week after, David's parents came the week of the 4th, and then the boys have been at Cousins Camp #1 and #2 these past two weeks.  So, reality is right around the corner.  It's just the 5 of us now.  I am super excited about figuring out our new normal, but I have to admit, I am a bit overwhelmed about how it will all "work".

I am a bit of a neat freak. I like a clean house and specifically want my toilets to be clean just in case a friend shows up for an unexpected visit!  With our new addition and two rowdy little boys, I know I am going to have to let some of it go.  Cleaning will happen, but it is not going to look the same as it did 2 months ago.  The toys will not stay organized, and though Pinterest has a lot of great ideas, most of them don't factor in the ups and downs of real life.  I'm going to create some sort of schedule, but I am praying that God will teach me how to be content in this moment, regardless if my floors are clean.  I was looking at baby pictures of goes by too fast.  God is truly going to have to teach me what this new normal looks like and that it may look different each day...but my toilets will always be clean!

Here are some sweet pics for you to enjoy!

Our sweet little man just a couple of minutes old.
The Boyles made the trek to GA to visit with Mimi and Paka and to meet baby Levi.  A fairly descent attempt of a group photo!  What sweet kiddos!  

Levi looks like an old man in this picture!  This is his favorite way to be held!

Sweet feet!

My Three Sons
The other group of cousins coming for a visit!


Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Baby, Boys, Bath, and Bagels

The littlest Odom was born 12 days ago on Thursday, June 21st at 2:15 am.  Our third son!  I definitely had a feeling the baby was going to be a boy, but it is still hard for me to believe I have THREE sons.  Though I don't know why I thought this,  I can remember saying I wanted all boys when I was younger.  Needless to say, Levi is perfect.  He really has been fairly content these past 12 days.  He cries when he's hungry, tired or needs to go the bathroom.  I love predictability, so we are quite a pair.  He eats every 3 hours or so, and a few nights we have stretched it to 4 hours.  I feel adequately rested, but usually end up falling asleep on the couch shortly after we put the big boys to bed!

Oh the big boys!  Both of them have adjusted really well to the addition.  Noah is still sifting through his emotions about the change.  I can tell he's trying to figure out his new role, becoming a bit more independent, and testing his behavioral limits. Gavin has been super gentle with the little guy, loves to hold and sing to him, and continues to go a million miles a minute.  I am trying to keep them somewhat occupied, but with the ridiculous heat and the new baby, movie days, the Wii, and eating are some of our favorite time killers!

David is a the champion dad!  He is just what the boys need at 5:15 pm, deals with the dog, and holds the babe when I need a break. He is the master bather too!  I can't do the slippery new born bath thing.  It scares me to no end.  David handles Levi so confidently when he's covered in soap suds.  He also cleans the umbilical cord...just like a loose tooth...I won't touch the thing!

As for the mom, I'm adjusting fairly well.  I can cry at any moment, always want David to be with me, and could eat bagels for every meal.  Other than that, I am super blessed and so thankful for my healthy baby boy.  I guess it gets "easier" the third time around...I do feel like I am enjoying this newborn stage so much and I am sad to already see him change.  I'll do a photo dump soon, but for now, my blessings...