I've heard lots of moms say that it takes about three months to start feeling normal and routine once you have a second child. They were right. It hit me this afternoon, that I think our family has finally hit that point. It just feels normal now to have two young children to take care of.
We have finally gotten into a pretty good routine. As I write right now, Hudson is down for a nap and Hunter is happily sitting next to me coloring or as he says "doing his homework". There is an ease that is found in most of our days now. I think we dealt with a lot of stuff during the first few months with two kids (kitchen damage, hearing loss diagnosis, and finding out that we are moving to Oklahoma), so that has helped it seem much easier now that all the things have calmed down a bit.
We still are averaging about three appointments each week for Hudson. In between the pediatrician, audiologists, ENT, speech pathologist, and occupational therapists, it ends up being a lot. The ENT just referred Hudson to have an EKG, CT scan, kidney ultrasound, and a couple blood tests.... he wants to rule all any and all rare disorders and diseases that could cause hearing loss. I feel so blessed to have him in such good hands and receiving wonderful care. We even have a hearing loss/sign language specialist coming for a home visit on Thursday morning. She will be working with both Hudson and I before we move to try to give me some tools for working with him.
Hunter has been a much easier three year old in the last couple weeks. He has his moments, but he has been responding pretty well to me and has been willing to pray with me throughout the day and ask Jesus to help him obey his parents and honor Him. He's consistently saying thank you after I do anything for him, which melts my heart...he's even been doing it after I wipe his bottom after he poos. Ha! Love him.
Hudson is sleeping really well! He consistently sleeps an eight hour stretch and then back down for another four. The other night he surprised me with ten hours straight! I am feeling plenty rested lately. He can be a little bit more challenging during the day though. He has crying fits and sometimes will cry for apparently no reason for an hour or two at a time. This is still foreign, frustrating, and heartbreaking for me. Hunter only cried when he was hungry, so this still feels new to me.
So yeah...I think it's safe to say that our family is starting to feel settled, rested, and routine. For now :)