James is such a dream baby! I really didn't think we'd ever be lucky enough to have two good babies in a row, but sweet James is the happiest, most easy going (except when he's
Mia is the best big sister EVER! On Saturday we went to a birthday party and a few people asked Mia what her name was. Her response? "Big sister!!" ha ha! She loves James (but not too much... I rarely have to tell her to keep her distance from him. It's just the perfect amount of loving!) and we really haven't had to deal with a transition period with her. It's a dream, I tell ya! I love being their mom!!
Eric, super dad, loving husband, my right hand (aka best support and helper EVER!) has been working every. single. day. And he works long hours. It's been hard and I try not to complain, but it makes for very long single parenting days (I complain, but Eric hustles at work each day to get these huge projects finished, then gets home and helps me for the few minutes he has before he crashes and does it all again the next day. All the while he's missing his family while working these crazy hours. He is super man!) I don't get to look forward to having an extra set of hands helping with the kids in the evenings or weekends with Eric's crazy schedule right now. This isn't me complaining, we knew it would be like this (but of course I wasn't expecting it so soon after James was born, and I was expecting him to have 1 day off a week) I'm just trying to paint a picture of how busy life has been for our little family. I have definitely gone into survival mode and won't come out of it until February. (Pray for us.)
I was getting very little sleep between James waking up twice in the night to feed, taking forever to fall asleep between the first and second feeding, Eric's alarm waking me, then Mia waking up just after I finished feeding James for the second time. I was only getting 2-3 hours sleep the first stretch of the night (and I was going to bed as soon as I finished feeding James around 9pm) and I don't think I ever got a full hour of sleep after that, except on rare occasions. I tried to get through the days without a nap but we quickly discovered that once these huge projects started at work and I no longer had Eric home on the weekends, that I was not a very nice mommy by the end of the day. My family deserved better than that, so the kids nap time has become my nap time. To top it off, I've been sick the past 2 weeks. UGH! With all the craziness, business and sleep deprivation we've been experiencing... something had to go. I used to blog in the early mornings before Mia woke for the day when I was pregnant, then I took advantage of nap time to blog once James was here, but now that I must sleep the times that both kids are sleeping to survive the long days, I lost motivation to find another time to blog... again, hence my absence.
I can't even tell you how good it felt to let go of the stats, the pressure I felt to bust out some posts, etc. My unplanned blogging break was just what I needed! I still felt connected to everyone through Instagram (although I've been blocked from leaving comments on photos and captions with my own photos for a week... maybe that's what pushed me to start blogging again. I need adult interaction somehow... just kidding. My life isn't that pathetic... most of the time ;) Be sure to follow me @courtbrink in case it takes me awhile to get back into the swing of blogging regularly!) but it feels good to be back! I probably won't post every day like I did before, at least not until the craziness settles and Eric is back to a normal work schedule, but I've got a million posts to share and I can't wait to plaster my corner of the internet with my babies faces again :) I have lots of reviews and giveaways to share as well, so I hope you'll stick with me through this crazy time in my life! The days are long but the years are short, right?! I just can't wait to have Eric around more to enjoy our precious babies and make fun memories with! And now I'll leave you with a peek of my precious Christmas babies...