So...we were out running errands yesterday and, wonder of wonders, BOTH kids fell asleep in the car. It was a warm, sunny day, perfect for an ice cream cone (and no munchkin to share it with since Jake was passed out in the back seat!). We pulled into Culver's (great frozen custard) and wouldn't you know it, Jacob wakes up and says, "What's for dinner?" Sad that my soon-to-be three-year-old already recognizes a restaurant by nothing more than the outside of the building. We purchased a couple of sundaes and told him that we'd share them when we got home. I had to feed the baby as soon as we got in the house, so I stuck my ice cream in the freezer and Jacob and Brian sat down at the table to share the other one. Jake can keep up with the best of 'em when it comes to ice cream, and all too quickly the boys were scraping the bottom of the sundae cup. Jake's response to the ice cream predicament? "Where's Mommy's ice cream?" I'm still laughing. :)
The final five weeks of my pregnancy lasted forever (and I say five weeks because Makenna decided to stay inside an extra week!). The last five weeks with baby have absolutely flown. It's hard to believe that my sweet Makenna has already been with us for five weeks. How much I remember of the last month or so is another story, however. I swear my brain is made of swiss cheese. Its amazing how a person can function with such broken sleep, night after night, at least as far as doing what is absolutely necessary. Feed, clothe, and diaper my children; that I can handle. It might be that Jake eats cereal for dinner and stays in his pajamas all day long (which he would prefer everyday if I let him!) but it gets the job done. My house is a disaster and my husband would surely prefer a savory chicken tikka masala to whatever I can find in the freezer that hasn't been around for a year, but again, hot dogs are better than cold cereal.
I surely look forward to longer stretches of sleep at night (she's doing better in that department), and having two children who are happy and content with their position as a beloved child in the Miller family (Jake's having a hard time right now). Its a matter of striving to find the definition of new normal in our home and daily routine (to which there is no routine right now) and taking it one day at a time.
**There are more pictures of the first week than the entire first month combined (thanks mostly to Nana's camera) but here are some of the lasts four.**