Before we get to a couple updated pictures, I'd like to share a few practical steps to ensure a smooth transition from a family of 3 to 4.
1. Make sure that #4 is not born on the same day as #3. I don't know the optimal spacing, but 18 months is reasonable.
2. Don't be the person that gives birth. This is hard, tiring, and requires a heavy dose of healing. The 'coach' gets tired and feels much empathetic pain, but recovery from these is quick.
3. Invite in-laws to stay so that they can cook, clean, and play with person #3 in the morning while #1, #2, and #4 sleep.
4. Have a job without immediate pressing deadlines and with a generous paternal leave. I'm writing this from home on Fri at noon in front of the ncaa tourney game.
While we were in the hospital, Clara turned into a full-blown toddler. She's heavier, funnier, and funner. Here she is in bandita mode.Here's grandpa holding an infrequently awake and alert Janny.
When she's not running around outside (we've had marvelous spring weather this week), Clara likes to see what Janny is doing. She doesn't like the idea of Janny using her stuff, but sharing things like the packnplay is fine.
This is the up-to-the-10-minute-update of Janny: asleep on mommy's lap.
Hmmm, I'm getting sleepy. Maybe I'll take a nap.