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{THE ORDINARY MOMENTS 15} #4 THE FIRST DAY


Yesterday Daddy went back to work after being off for the week since Harrison was born. I had been dreading this moment all week especially as Amelia had been playing up every evening before bed. It was the first evening I would be on my own putting her to bed since Harrison arrived. I was wondering how would I do this, how long will it take her to go to sleep this time, what will I do with H whilst I'm getting her down? Turns out it wasn't so bad after all!

We had a lovely afternoon, Amelia was her usual happy self and wasn't playing up like she had been all week. H slept most of the day waking for the odd feeding or nappy change and Amelia and I watched Frozen and played with her toys. There I was lying on the floor playing with Amelia when she lent in for a kiss whilst grabbing my face, it was so sweet! Moments like that melt my heart and make me realise that nothing else is really that important, the cleaning can wait, the massive pile of ironing in the kitchen can be done another day and it doesn't matter if I've not washed my hair in nearly a week! These can all wait, however spending time with my babies, watching them grow and giving affection won't last forever so right now I'm making the most of it whilst I can. 


As it happens I got Harrison to sleep in the swing shortly before Amelia's bedtime so he was settled. I knew if I left him in the Moses basket he may stir and that would wake her. Amelia went upstairs with no fuss and got into bed. All week it's taken her about two hours to go to sleep as she would refuse to go and would end up getting in and out of bed and wanting to come back downstairs. She had also been playing up in the afternoons and before bedtime, showing off and trying to get attentions. However last night was a completely different story and I'm so grateful! She went off to sleep within roughly twenty minutes of me stroking her hand and I managed to sneak out of her room without waking her. H didn't even stir whilst I was upstairs which is the part I was dreading as it would probably wake her if she heard him crying. 

So the first day on our own went reasonably well and we are currently on day two without any tantrums or breakdowns...yet. I'm looking forward to getting into our own little routine and having the evenings to myself to relax again. 

 
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27 comments

  1. That is the hardest thing when you have an additional child is trying to work out a routine but I found baby fit snugly into our routine just well and we didn't need to adapt or change.
    Major broodiness over here right now! But well done for concurring day & night 1 by yourself xx

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  2. I'm so glad the day worked out perfectly for you Kerry. The pictures of you two together are adorable, I love when the little ones just give you a kiss and cuddle for absolutely no reason, it really makes everything worthwhile doesn't it? :) x

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  3. Aww bless her, well done Amelia for being such a good girl!! So lovely for you that it went so well! Lovely photos too! Xx

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  4. Awwww, such gorgeous photos, glad day 1 with the both of them on your own went well =)

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  5. Well done Mummy Kerry! And such gorgeous photos too- I can't get over how little Harrison looks in that swing. He is just gorgeous and is making me very broody. So glad lovely Amelia was such a good girl for you on your first night the two of them, I remember how daunting the first day Mr E went back to work was and he was home for bedtime. Fingers crossed you all get into a routine soon. xx

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  6. I'm really in awe, and hope that when my turn comes in a few weeks it will go as smoothly!! Well done Amelia, onwards and upwards! And Kerry well done, you seem to take it all in your stride!!xx

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  7. I remember feeling really ill with nerves the night before Andrew went back to work after I had Gwenn, and that was without a toddler to contend with too! But things are never as bad as you expect them to be, I find. I wish I'd enjoyed that time of my life more. xx

    #theordinarymoments

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  8. Lovely pictures and it seems things are settling in nicely. Great name choice, my H is a Harrison too :) xx

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  9. Gorgeous photos! I think it takes a bit of time to get used to a new routine, especially for toddlers who are used to having mummy and daddy all to themselves. It sounds like you are doing a fantastic job!

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  10. It's a tough time coping with two just after baby has been born, my youngest is 8 months now and I only just feel like we're getting back to normal. Beautiful photos of you and Amelia.xx

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  11. Aw I am so pleased for you, that your first night on your own with them both went well. I have very clear memories of my feelings the first couple of nights on my own. Very daunting but exactly like you wasn't so bad after all. The older Archie got, i had to use a sling/carrier because sometimes his evening routine would change as they do. So when i put Sophia to sleep i would put him in that and stay in the room with her while she fell asleep. If you need an idea for the near future when he is too big for the swing. What beautiful photos of you and Amelia, i totally agree with you when you talk about how special these moments are, you are so right and think us mums really need to remind ourselves of these things sometimes because sometimes the house work and everything else in life does get on top of u. It is nice to be reminded that those things in the grand scheme of things really don't matter. So glad everything is going so well for you, loved this post, so lovely to read. Tanita x

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  12. I am so glad that the first evening on your own went smoothly. I cannot begin to imagine how much harder it must be with two! It became a great big hormonal crying mess before I finally decided that the house looking a mess didn't matter! Not quite as lovely as your great picture with Amelia that helped you to realise :) x

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  13. Finding that balance can be hard and a tough road, but once your on it...it's amazing!! I'm so pleased that first day went as well as it could x

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  14. Ahh lovely post and photos. You both look so happy. Congrats on baby Harrison. Adorable name and little man xxx

    You will get there with your routine, just keep smiling. xx

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  15. So glad that it all went smoothly and Amelia is being such a good girl, I bet she is relishing the role of big sister :)

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  16. Maybe she knows that stressing mummy out at bedtime is not the best thing to be doing, kiddy intuition! I'm reading your posts about a newborn and a toddler with interested as it'll be me in a few more weeks! I'm glad you're still getting quality time and kisses from Amelia though, that's my biggest worry for when the little dude arrives!
    Lauren x

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  17. It sounds like your first day went perfectly! x

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  18. Look what a happy family. i love how the baby sleeps and your toddler enjoys. bless.

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  19. The first time the other half goes back to work is always scary I think - you're suddenly all alone! Sounds like you did a fantastic job, and you're right - dishes, washing and everything else doesn't matter. The only thing that matters is those 2 gorgeous little people you are doing such a fab job with. xx

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  20. With P2 I never had hubby at home. He was home for the weekend and then straight back to work. It was ok though as P1 was older. This time, we had some awful moment yoyo-ing between P2 and P3. They'd both wake each other up.

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  21. Sounds like you are doing great with them! x

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  22. Ah lovely. it is so daunting what their reactions will be when a new baby arrives, luckily both girls adapted well xx

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  23. I'm glad that the evening and bedtime went smoothly. I get daunted if Im on my own for the night and that's just with one, let alone two! I'm sure Amelia will adjust and get into a routine soon enough too. You're doing amazing just one week postpartum xx

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  24. Well, here's to hoping that day 2 will go just smoothly! I was worried about managing two kids on my own after my husband went back to work, but everything went well. My daughter ended up being a great help.

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  25. Lovely, so glad it went well for you. Sounds like Amelia is getting used to having little man around. I hope this week has gone just as well for you (I know I'm commenting late). Great photos, he's so cute in that swing. #ordinarymoments

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  26. So glad it went reasonably well on your first alone night babes. You are doing amazing. Two are hard work but so fun and it gets easier and easier as they grow up together I promise. :) it's great watching them bond now. Won't be long and Harrison will be running and chasing her soon. Cherish these gorgeous ordinary moments. #ordinarymoments

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