I guess technically she is 5 weeks today, but wow has this last month flown by! It's so unfair how quickly the newborn phase lasts. I have soaked up every minute of her tininess and snuggles and yummy newborn smell. The only problem is, I have three other kids! Haha, it's actually not a problem, but I wish I could have stayed in bed the entire month just to hold and stare and Viv. I have had lots of help the last five weeks from my parents and Mike, which has given me more time to sit and enjoy Vivian.
I would say this may have been the craziest month of our lives up to this point, with moving in, finishing our basement, and starting to put in our yard. I feel like the last five weeks have gone by so slow, yet so incredibly fast. My house is rarely tidy, and I think I have blown my hair dry exactly one time, but the only thing that really matters to me right now is a toss up between my kids, and survival. Kind of kidding on that last one, but holy cow, 4 kids is a lot! Everyone told me that after 3 kids, you could have 7 or 8 and be totally fine... but I beg to differ. Every baby brought home brings its new challenges and adjustment period. Vivian has actually been the sweetest and most easy going baby, but this last week we all go the flu and Viv has been fussier than usual, not letting me put her down, etc... I feel like I'm kind of a zombie. BUT, I'm on the mend, feeling almost fully recovered from the sickness, and Vivian has been doing so much better today already! Life gives you hard weeks and easier weeks, and I'm learning to be a lot more grateful and appreciative of the easier ones. I'm so happy that school is out for the summer! The weather is finally starting to warm up, and I already know that this summer is going to be one of my favorite ones. Adjusting to a new baby will be so much easier when I don't have to get my kids out the door to school every morning, and pick them up. Lots of pool days and otter pops are in our future.
I can't believe how much Vivi has changed in one month! She is absolutely beautiful, and has the most delicate, feminine features. She looks so much like all of my other kids! Robin told me that whenever she would bring a new baby home from the hospital, people would joke that the new baby "definitely came with the Kimball Stamp!" I have been thinking about that recently and realized that my babies come with that exact same stamp. I wouldn't change it for the world! She is a sweet and sensitive baby, that absolutely hates being cold, and is happiest when she is snuggled in the security of our arms. It seems we have another binky baby on our hands, which is totally fine by me. She is starting to smile! Her smiles are still coming at pretty irregularly but I can't even tell you how adorable they are. All of us are on the constant quest to get her to smile- especially the kids! The love her to pieces and can't get enough of her. It's been so sweet to see all 4 of them develop their own special bonds and relationships with each other.
A couple of weekends ago we celebrated Mothers Day. It was such a special day for me this year (and every year) with Vivian's sweet new spirit in our home. There is no hood like motherhood. It's difficult and raw, and also so rewarding and beautiful. It's the best job in the entire world and I'm so lucky to have these 4 angels to love and cherish the rest of my forevers.