Sunday, August 21, 2016

July 2016

     The month of July was full of NICU visits, help from my mom, lost sleep, and adjusting to life as a family of 4. Manny and I have agreed that the transition from 1 to 2 kids has been much harder than from having no kids to 1. With one, we could sleep when she slept, and she was a pretty good sleeper....if we remember correctly :)! We functioned pretty well while my mom was here, but once she left, 2 kids kicked our butts!
     We were discharged from the hospital on July 2nd and then went back and forth to the NICU multiple times a day to visit and feed our little man. We were so thankful for the amazing care he received, and Madden was discharged on July 8th.

      Apparently it is a requirement that if you are our child, you have to have a NICU visit. So far we are 2 for 2 with kids needing NICU stays.
      My dad and brother were here the first few days of July and were a big help with Gabriella and giving me rides to and from the hospital. We did enjoy a 4th of July dinner at our favorite- Lucille's BBQ! :)

     My mom was the biggest help to us especially during the days we were running back and forth to the hospital. My mom is the BEST at serving and taking care of others. She took the best care of Gabriella and was more than patient with that "terrible 2's" attitude and hearing Gabriella say NO 9,000 times a day. She cooked and cleaned for us. She was such a blessing, especially as I was trying to recover from a c-section.
     Once my mom left, the rest of July was a blur. We didn't get much sleep....and I don't function well off of little to no sleep. If I could describe life after my mom left, I would say we just survived!

      With the July heat and getting little to no sleep, we mostly stayed cooped up in our condo and went a little stir crazy. Being cooped up probably led to more attitudes and boredom but again we were just surviving. #keepinitreal

       At the end of the month, we celebrated a 2 year old! The saying "the days are long but the years are short" really is true. We blinked, and we had a 2 year old!

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