The past 2 1/2 weeks have been really great and REALLY hard! Since Kate was born one week early I was without my mom's help the first week. My church friends were really great to provide meals for us. However, Kate did not sleep much at all that first week. Also, Ella who has NEVER had sleep problems started waking up all through the night and 30 minutes into naptime every day. Thankfully her night sleep is better this week. We're still working on the nap thing. I didn't expect this kind of response from her. I guess the interrupted sleep was her way of reacting to this transition in her little life. It was pretty awful. I got no sleep that week and I was not a very nice mommy (or wife!). :( My parents showed up on Friday night to rescue me and my kids from me! I've never been so releaved to see them. My mom just came right in and took over. She does all the cooking, cleaning, laundery, playing with kids, etc... when she's here. It was such a HUGE help! Thanks mom. They left this morning and I'm missing her already!
Thank you friends and family for all of your hospital visits, congratulations, prayers, phone calls and other support. Special thanks to the Calcamuggios who kept our kids in the middle of the night, Sara who kept them the next night, Meg who spent the night at my house and held crying Kate so I could sleep for several hours, Nicki for coordinating meals and other things, and those in my church family who provided meals and brought them all the way to Buffalo! Thank you for all the comments on my blog. I have been checking periodically and it' has been encouraging. These first few weeks are always difficult and ALWAYS much harder at night when you're just exhasted, but God is good and provides just what we need when we need it. We did close on our house last Monday and have spent the week working on it. My dad has put in countless hours of hard work. And we'll be forever grateful! I'll post pics of the progress later.