Monday, April 26, 2021

A Toddler and a Newborn

 Two kids. Wowza.

I realized that it has been a long time since I've done an update here. I haven't even written much of a personal update on Facebook lately. Instagram (@elenatintil) has been better, but even that is a bit behind. 

So here's a quick update, frantically keyed in while both girls are (hopefully) sleeping.

Two kids are a handful. And I say that as someone who has been blessed with a fantastic amount of help, including a work from home husband now. I don't know how moms do it alone. I really don't. You all are amazing and deserve more support. 

My newborn turned 2 months over the weekend and has been growing and developing beautifully. However, we've had quite the battle with acid reflux, to the point where we almost brought her to the ER early on Friday morning. Thankfully a three-pronged battle plan by our chiropractor, naturopath and pediatrician seems to have gotten her sorted, but we are so tired, physically and emotionally. It is really hard and scary to figure out the pains of a tiny human who can't communicate other than by piercing screams. I personally have had excruciating reflux issues myself, and it is gutting to see my baby go through the same thing. 

Our toddler has the verbal skills of a five-year-old, but her emotions are true to form for an almost-two-year-old who is a new big sister. So we are very proud and astonished by her, but also struggling to figure out how to best parent our little ball of energetic stubbornness. 

All of this is happening during the most turbulent time the Twin Cities have known during my lifetime. We've been much too close to many of the things happening this past year, and it's been pretty distressing on so many levels. And that's not even counting all the different strains that the pandemic has put on all of us.

Lastly, we have a couple big changes on the horizon for our family that are taking up a lot of brain energy. I can't write about them yet, but it's surprising how encompassing they've become.

So whether you are a blog reader, a friend, or a family member, thank you for your grace as we all navigate these difficult times. Lack of communication doesn't mean lack of care...just lack of time and mental/emotional space.