Lessons learned

Wide awake!

Wide awake!

Don’t you hate it when you post a blog that is only half written? Oh wait, maybe that’s just me! So I realized my last post was incomplete and probably made no sense. Sorry!! Here’s the post in it’s entirety:


Amelia is 2 1/2 weeks old! The past few weeks have had a fair share of ups and downs. To say the least I have learned a lot in the short time that I have been caring for our 3 littles under 5 years old.

I’ve learned that in order to get places on time, it is necessary to schedule things for 20 minutes earlier than they actually are. Sometimes 30.

I’ve learned how to nurse a baby while doing just about anything. …..switching laundry, reading bedtime stories, helping Lucy get dressed, making dinner, folding sheets, breaking up a fight, typing. Now if I could only master it and driving….just kidding!

I’ve learned that naps (for me or them) are glorious!

I’ve learned that when you have 3 little kids, the term ‘sick day’ has a whole new meaning. This week a stomach bug made the rounds in our house, first attacking Lucy, then Gabriel, then the invincible unsuspecting Mama. Yikes. Having 2 sick kids and not feeling well yourself is a challenge in itself, but add a nursing 2 week old to the mix and it’s a whole new ballgame. There is no ‘time off’, even if you do feel like death. When babe’s gotta eat, you get up, even if your head feels like it will explode and you might lose the small bit of food you have kept down in the last 12 hours. You get the picture.

I’ve learned that everyone needs a Nana.  Nanas come to your house when your kids are sick, with cleaning bucket and gloves in hand. Nanas make you and your kids lunch when you unknowingly stop in right at noon. Nanas offer to come to your house and wash your dirty dishes, fold your towels, and entertain your 2 awake kids so you can take a much needed nap. Nanas send you home with dinner for your first night home from the hospital. Thanks, Mom 🙂 I hope to be just as awesome of a Nana someday!

I’ve learned that Gabriel’s arms have the ability to reach from his carseat to his right to backhand Lucy across the face in her carseat, and in the next breath lovingly fetch and replace Amelia’s pacifier in her carseat to his left. Not sure if he is favoring one sister over the other, but he is about to be moved to the third row all by his lonesome. We got that big Expedition for a reason, right?

I’ve learned that a to-do list is really just a thought, a suggestion. Rarely am I actually getting anything *completed*. Oh well, it will all wait.

I’ve learned that it’s important to spend some time everyday just looking at your newborn. Amelia has changed so much already and is taking on a look all her own!

I’ve learned that if you listen closely enough, and ask G, my pump says ‘crackers’ each time it pumps. Oh the mind of a 4 year old!! 😉

I’ve learned that a 6lb 2oz baby sure does bring a lot of housework along with it! It’s amazing how much things can stack up and get behind so quickly.

Well, that’s all I got for now………off to wash some dishes 😦

-The {growing} Costellos

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