Family of Five

dsc_0216Bailey Grace Bitner, our beautiful daughter, arrived on June 3rd. Weighing 5lb 14oz, she was (and is) the tiniest and most beautiful little person I had ever laid eyes on. This picture was taken about a month ago – I’m so lazy about uploading my photos from the camera, so more current photos will come eventually.

I won’t go into all the details, but I was induced two and a half weeks before my due date because my obstetrician was concerned about Bailey’s weight. She thought she’d have a better chance of gaining the weight she needed through nursing than staying in the womb since the placenta didn’t seem to be doing its job in delivering proper nutrition anymore. We spent four days in the hospital waiting for the induction to work and all the frustration disappeared as soon as our little princess arrived. (For the record, I wasn’t in labour for 4 days – I waited 4 days for labour to start) She’s now over nine and a half pounds – way to go little beauty!

We were blessed to have so many family members, friends, and neighbours bring supper for us as we began adjusting to life as a family of 5. It sure is different than 4! I know to people who don’t have kids it probably doesn’t seem like cooking should be much of an issue when a new baby comes. Well it is :) A lot of days (okay, ALL days) it’s difficult to find 10 minutes to shower, let alone half an hour or more to cook a meal. Three times a day. Mercy! Food consumes the life of a mother, and to not have to think about it for a while was a definite gift. Two months later I am still trying to get my head back in the game. I outlined a loose menu plan today, so the nitty gritty planning comes next. Weekly menus, shopping lists, recipe books and spreadsheets…..this is exciting again instead of life sucking! Hopefully I’ll get a lot done on the drive to and from Edmonton next week.

Edmonton is our holiday destination this summer. Not tropical. Not remote. Nona and Pappy await though, which means we might get to sleep in while the boys entertain their grandparents. I’ll take what I can get! I’m looking forward to time with the in-laws, shopping at Ikea, hopefully finding some major sale racks at The Children’s Place, and sleeping in a real, brand new bed! Goodbye horrible, evil, deplorable hide-a-bed. I’d send you to the pit if I could, but as a couch you’re alright so I guess you can stay.

I need a bedtime snack… evidence of my kids rubbing off on me :)

One Response to “Family of Five”

  1. Becky Fehr Says:

    I hear yah on the hardships of adjustment! Phew…

    Your baby girl is a beauty! I can’t believe what a strong woman you are! Doesn’t sound like you have the easiest pregnancies!

    Bless your family of FIVE!

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