Both babies were sleeping, husband was passed out on the couch, and I was sitting next to him the night of our first full day home flipping through photos that I took throughout the day. Our first day home together as a family of four was not only a success, but it’s a day that I never want to forget. Anabelle woke up and actually wanted to cuddle. She stopped coming to bed and cuddling in the morning a couple months ago and I’ve missed it. But our first morning back from the hospital, she came in to cuddle. When she realized Betty was cuddling on the other side of me, she couldn’t get out of bed and run around to my side fast enough! After a few huggies and kisses, she got settled in under the covers next to Betty and it was the cutest thing ever! And from that moment on, she hardly left Betty’s side all day! The night before, we had given Anabelle a gift from Betty and then had Anabelle give a gift to Betty. Now they both have adorable matching Hazel Village dolls. Anabelle loves to match right now, so as soon as she remembered the dolls, she jumped out of bed and came running back in so that Betty could snuggle with her mousy. That didn’t change all day! Where ever we went, Anabelle would give Betty her mousy. We enjoyed our morning coffee on the front porch and then Anabelle got to hold Betty on the swing. She was super careful when she actually held her… It’s just when I’m holding her that she wants to poke Betty’s eye, pull her head over for a kiss, and gets a little too aggressive…
We somehow managed to all get dressed that day! I know, I shocked myself with that one! But it was adorable when I set Betty down on Anabelle’s bed and Anabelle just plopped next to her with another stuffed animal for her. I turned on a show next so that I could get dressed. Betty fell asleep in her rocker and Anabelle stood next to her, typically at her feet, leaning in with her arms on both sides of her. It was beyond precious and she hardly left her side the rest of the morning and early afternoon. Later she was playing kitchen and baking cookies. She iced and gave me my cookie, she iced and took her own cookie, and then she iced and pretend fed Betty her cookie! In that instant, time flashed forward two years and I totally saw them playing full blown kitchen together with Anabelle as the head chef!
Dinner time rolled around and Daddy finished working. He worked from home in case I needed help, although I’m trying to develop my routine without him so I don’t go into shock when he goes back to work next week. But when he was done, he came upstairs and we all moved outside to the back porch. It’s our favorite place to spend summer night and it feels just like yesterday that we were sitting back there with Anabelle just 1 month old! But this summer we have Betty and it’s the perfect addition! Anabelle wanted me to hold her while we were lounging. But not hand off Betty to hold her… She wanted me to hold both her and Betty. It’s so sweet watching them bond! I was worried that Anabelle would feel like we weren’t giving her enough attention. But in reality, she doesn’t care… She wants us to give them both attention at the same time!
Unfortunately I think we confused her with bed time… It’s the only thing we’ve struggled with since bringing Betty home. We decided to all go upstairs for the whole bedtime ritual, instead of dividing it up like we usually do. That wasn’t bad. But we told Anabelle she could hold Betty for story time. And then Betty started crying…. Anabelle totally didn’t care about that! She laid as still as a statue so we wouldn’t take Betty back! But we think she actually thought she was going to be able to sleep with Betty… So when we did take her back after we finished the book, she started sobbing.
Day 2 was pretty much the same. Same routine, more adorable moments! Anabelle said “cheese” more times for photos in the past two days than she has said in the past two years before Betty! No bribery needed as long as she can be next to Betty! She likes to try out all Betty’s things, including her rocker and her crib (even though she always hated that crib when it was hers…) and she likes to include Betty in her favorite activities including wearing jewelry, which she gave Betty before we made it out of bed, and books which she brought to bed first thing in the morning to share with her. I don’t know when she learned what share means, but she already is very good at it!
We switched up the night routine one more time and I think it’s going to work. We still all went up together, but this time, we read one book in Betty’s nursery and then Anabelle gave us kisses and I put Betty down (Not really… but don’t tell Anabelle that!) And then Daddy read another book in Anabelle’s room and tucked her in. She still threw a little fit when she couldn’t say goodnight to Betty again, but I think tonight is going to be the night back to no tears!
I can’t believe today is already day 3 and that tomorrow Betty will already be one week old. These first few days weren’t really exhausting, they were heaven, and I want to be able to tell Anabelle and Betty one day in the future about their first few days together, so I hope you enjoyed this diary like entry today…