Thursday, March 26, 2009

Into the Swing of Things

Today is our first "normal" day back at home. We all slept together in our bedroom again, we all woke up at a normal time, and we all went to the doctor this morning so Greta could meet Dr. Beardmore for the first time. Unfortunately, Anja's sleep schedule has been completely destroyed by the craziness, and we're having a really hard time getting her to sleep, EVER. Right now Martin is trying to calm her down with a walk, then he'll try to get her down for a nap again. I hate not being able to put her down for her naps, but in a few weeks things will be completely back to normal, I'm sure of it. Or at least, I'm hopeful.
We're slowly getting the house back in order too and constantly laughing at our completely weird families. Stuff was so out of place when we got back, and in the strangest ways... things that we'd left at one end of the counter (specifically a pile of dishes belonging to other people) had been mysteriously moved to the other end of the counter. We still can't figure out the reason for that. I can't think of anything else particularly funny right now, but we just keep noticing things and thinking, "gosh, our families are weird."

Greta is such a different baby than Anja was. First of all, she's a great nurser. This morning I was feeding her and I said, "C'mon Greta, you've got to suck..." but I looked down and she WAS sucking! I just couldn't feel it because she was actually doing it right, as opposed to Anja, who took about six months to figure out the right way to latch on. Also, she is incredibly alert and happy. Anja mostly slept for her first days in the world, and her wakeful times were about 15 minutes, tops. Greta will stay awake for more than an hour, just taking everything in. It's wonderful! I've gotten to know her little face so much faster. She is a funny looking baby... Martin said to her the other night, "I just don't know what to think of you. You don't look like a baby!" She looks like a grumpy old woman. She also looks kind of like a scrawny baby bird. She has a very beakish nose. It will be interesting to see how she grows into herself; she's already changed so much in the last five days!

To say that Anja is "interested" in her sister is an understatement. She loooooooves her. She loves to watch her eat, and get changed, and get dressed, and she shares all of her toys with her. It's very adorable!

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LauraSuz said...

That's what Anne says about Mary Grace, looking like an old woman.

Anja looks so big now!

Can't wait to read up on this little girls life!

Clare said...

Its funny because Anastasia slept better AFTER we had the baby because she was so tired and overwhelmed. Maybe that will happen to Anja soon! Greta and Anja are so cute together!! Having two girls IS THE BEST THING IN THE WORLD! We really wouldn't know what to do if we ever had a boy. lol.

I hope things get back to "normal" for you soon! ;)

Anonymous said...

I'm so glad that Anja shares! Good for her. She's going to be the best big sister!