The kids have spent a good amount of time with their nana and pawpaw....shopping, playing outside, etc. It was nice, the three mornings we had to get to doctor appointments, to be able to just get up and leave with Autumn...knowing the others were taken care of by my parents. I'm not sure when they're planning to go home....and they can go whenever they want...but I'm secretly hoping they won't leave anytime soon. It's been a great help having them here, and I'm enjoying our time together.
The kids have been reading a lot of books, using the computer, and playing video games to keep themselves busy. Hailey made brownie bites (from a package) for our Family Fun Night dessert last night, the boys have been acting as 'gophers'....getting diapers, blankets, wipes, the computer....helping in whatever way has been needed. Hailey, Corbin, and I even fit in some game time yesterday...just playing a simple matching card game together for a few minutes. It was nice.
I remember the busy-ness and exhaustion after Emma...falling into bed so tired that I did not hear a thing all night...until Emma was home (since she went back into the hospital for 4 days), then of course it was night-time feedings and sleep that was very deep until the next feeding time. It lasts a few weeks, then we're in a routine and the exhaustion moves to just generally being tired, gradually improving each day. The busy-ness becomes 'normal' after a while and we all can't remember a time when 'the baby' wasn't here. I love it.....as tired as I am and as difficult as things are sometimes, I love my large family. I'm so thankful.