I am on day eight of being a complete shut-in. I think I'm ready to venture out a bit. Maybe Eloise and I will try and take a walk around the block later this afternoon. Woo Hoo! Do I know how to have fun or what? Matt has, once again, taken Iris out for the rest of the day. Although I am excited to have a break with only one child at home I am very much starting to miss having MY time alone with Iris. It will be nice when Eloise is old enough that I feel comfortable leaving her long enough to re-connect with Iris.
What is frustrating me the most about having a toddler and a newborn is that Iris just can't figure out how to be gentle with the baby. Every single time she touches Eloise, which is ALOT, I have to remind her that the baby is fragile and not to lean on her, smack her, poke her, etc etc. I can't put Eloise down at all if I'm not going to be within eye shot of her. Well, even that's not good enough, because today Iris smacked her with her Leap Frog fridge farm while I had my back turned doing dishes. Grrrrr. It is so infuriating. I get SO mad when Iris does things like that. It's hard to temper my anger so I don't just start yelling. I had Iris go and sit on the couch until I was done in the kitchen. She knew exactly what she did, because she started saying "don't hit baby with farm. no no. VERY sassy". I suppose most babies survive older siblings, right? Hopefully there will be no calls to 911 or trips to the ER for my little girl any time soon. I then get frustrated that I'm so frustrated! It's like the emotions build upon themselves. I don't want to be upset with Iris. I don't want to have to spend 75% of my day asking her to stop doing sassy things. In her defense, this behavior was there LONG before her baby sister was born, it's just much harder to stay on top of with a newborn in my arms.