Monday, December 14, 2015

my reality {life with 2 kids}

...annnnnnnnd I'm back! I think. Maybe. I better take it day by day ;) I apologize for sudden absence (mom and dad... probably the only one's who missed me in blogland ;)) from this blog! Life has been crazy, in the best way, but totally crazy for me and something had to go (hence my absence). Let me explain...

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 hangry hungry- he gets that from both mom AND dad) little man and we absolutely love having him around! (Obviously this means their teenage years will be a nightmare ;)) He's the perfect addition to our family! The past few days he's even only been waking up once in the night, but let's pretend I didn't just say that out loud because I would hate to jinx this, because I need sleep!
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...

14 comments:

Sarita @ it's my girls' world said...

Hang in there lady and NAP while you can. I miss those baby sleeps, mommy sleeps times!!!

P!nky said...

I can only imagine how hard it's been to single parent for so long and I know Eric misses being around his family. Glad you have found a flow that works for you and the kids and cheers to getting more sleep at nap time. You know I'll always be here no matter how long the break. Your minions are so cute!

Jenn said...

So glad that you're back, even if it's for little bits of time. I can imagine how hard it's been with two kids, and then having to do it alone for some of that time, too! You are a super hero to me, lady! Take care of you, and those two adorable littles of yours and we will all be around when you are! Love that photo of those two--absolutely adorable :)

Kelly Linn Feller said...

They are so adorable!!

Pamela {Sequins and Sea Breezes} said...

So glad to hear James is just as good as Mia! I'm sure life is extremely busy now with two! My friend with 4 kids told me it was way harder going from 1 to 2 than 2 to 3 or 3 to 4 so I'm sure you're exhausted all the time! Glad to have you back though, take all the time you need to relax when you can though! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

BLovedBoston said...

Girl you do whatever it is that makes you, Eric and those sweet babies happy and healthy!! So glad that you're getting the reprieve that you need and hope you're totally on the mend from being sick! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

Kiki Mincks said...

This kind of puts my mind at ease. You know, the two kids adjustment thing. Since we plan on adding to our family very soon, obviously this is something I think about. I think that your family should always come first and I'm glad you are in a place that feels right. More power to you! Blogging should be fun, not a chore. So as long as you guys are happy and healthy, the blog world can and will wait. Have a lovely weekend Brinkeroff family!

Kimberly said...

Girl!! You are super mom. Eric reminds me of my husband Adam. Adam doesn't work that long of hours, but he's always willing to come home and still help me and men like that are just amazing. I only blog once a month and I just had to give that up, sooooo you're doing WAY better than me :)

Our Pretty Little Girls said...

Whew! Girl you have been missed, but I love that you are taking time for your family and those precious babies!

Our Pretty Little Girls said...

Whew! Girl you have been missed, but I love that you are taking time for your family and those precious babies!

Karra said...

aw, hang in there mama! You are doing GREAT. Stefan busts his tail off, too and I feel like I complain when he's not able to help as much. I can only imagine myself through a deployment. You love on those sweet babies as much as you can :) I feel like just as soon as I got back into blogging, aubrey started walking and I am back to chaos. and I hope you feel better soon!!!!

Tammy Jo said...

Oh my lands! I have been away from the blog world to long! Congrats on baby #2!!!!

Hannah said...

Write when you can - but get all the sleep you can while those babies nap! Priorities - and sleep is one of the top ones. I'm sure before too long you'll find a routine and get into a grove. It took me a while, but you get there, eventually [most days at least ;]. I hope you're able to get some much needed rest over these next few days and weeks and that James starts sleeping better for you!

Katie said...

Some days when Nathan is being a crazy child I think I don't know how people do it with multiple children!! haha Rest when you can momma. I know we all try to be supermoms, but those kiddos need you more than those dirty dishes in the sink do! You're an amazing momma and those babies know it

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