- Staying home. At least for right now I am trying to keep our adventures away from our home to a minimum. I need to learn how to do things at home before I try to do them on the road. In addition, when Elijah needs to eat every 2-3 hours, it really limits what I can do. I am not in a position to stop and feed him while out as I then wouldn't have anywhere I could put Isaac. In talking with my friends who have multiples, they say that being home for feeds helps keep stress to a minimum. That is definitely true.
- Daily walk/runs. Both boys seem to love them. Elijah sleeps the whole way and Isaac just rides in complete peace. I feel rejuvenated and energized as well.
- Getting rest whenever I can. If both boys are asleep, I try to lay down on the couch, if only for a few minutes.
- Praise music. If you haven't visited the site http://www.pandora.com/, what are you waiting for? You can pick a song or a singer and it will generate a play list for you. It's awesome! It really helps keep the peace in our home and keep stress to a minimum. I love it.
- A well-exercised dog. Taking ten minutes to play "rings" or "flashlight" with Scrubs help him behave like the dog we know he is. Even when I don't feel like it, this always works to my advantage (and sanity) in the long run. I really thought Scrubs was going to be my biggest challenge of the three boys, but so far, he's been the easiest. You go Scrubby!
- Breaking up the day by "feeds." While I am feeding Elijah, I try to plan just for how I will do things until the next feed. I don't look farther ahead than that. Elijah is currently feeding every 2-3 hours. Each feed takes between 30minutes and 1 hour. I try to plan what needs to be done during the 1-2 hours after I am done feeding. Baths, changes, naps, food, play, etc. This is especially important so that I am not "strapped down" with one child when the other really needs something.
Thank you to all of you who have encouraged and prayed for me during the last week. I really feel it, and I am really doing great! Despite JB being gone over eighty hours last week (including a dreaded Saturday call) and Isaac being really sick, things went great! I am exhausted but incredibly blessed.
In closing, I wanted to post a video that I took earlier today. When we went to Minnesota for Hans & Rachel's wedding, our good friends Brandon & Kristen gave us some gifts for Isaac which included this duck -- a representation of their Oregon heritage. I brought it out today for Isaac while he was playing in his crib post-nap. Way fun!