Life as a Family of 5

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our new normal: 2 adults, 3 kids, 2 dogs

We are about to enter week three of being a family of five. Our lives have changed so much since April 4th.  For the first time Nathan and I are out numbered by kids in our house.  At any given time there is at least one child or dog that needs your attention.  It is chaos but it is beautiful.

I don’t know how to begin to express how much more complete our little family feels with the addition of Mr. Ryker Eugene.  Sure there are times it means we are feeding a baby while putting a toddler to bed while repeatedly telling our five year old to brush her teeth but it just feels perfect.  Perfect Chaos.  

The chaos keeps everyday an adventure.  This past Sunday, after almost no sleep due to a newborn and a toddler with four molars coming through we started getting ready an hour before church started.  It felt like we were running a marathon against time with not a lot of energy.  We were able to get all five of us ready (including four of us getting a shower) and make it to church with time to spare.  This very little accomplishment made us feel like rock stars. We can do this. (Nathan and I definitely high fived in celebration on the way to church and even braved taking the kids out for dinner that night after an afternoon of family naps.)

Speaking of little accomplishments,  I feel the need to report that at two weeks postpartum I was able to fit back into my pre-pregnancy jeans…and still breath! This is huge! It took me six months to do this after having Bryn.  I chalk this up to having two kids 20 months apart.  Who knew chasing a toddler was so helpful in losing baby weight?!?

I am so thankful for my amazing husband who just happens to be a wonderful dad as well.  I am also thankful for our girls who are such big helpers.  One of my favorite things is to watch Bryn and Zella with Ryker.  The other day the girls came home from school and while I was changing Ryker’s diaper Zella came up to him and leaned her head close to his saying, “It’s ok, Ryker.”  Melts my heart!

Our life is certainly not a fairytale but it is pretty dang close. All of those moments that I want to bottle up and remember forever sure outweigh the times I want to pull my hair out. 

~Kristin
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