Sorry I didn't get to post yesterday. It's been just a blur, things have been so crazy. It feels like I barely sit down these days except to nurse the baby. Which is a blessing (my poor, poor nipples excepted) since it lets me sit down. :)
Anyway, my grandfather is in a Hospice facility and is still hanging on, but the doctors tell us it won't be long. We've all been up to see him several times, and he's had someone with him 24/7. It's all very sad, but he has led a long, wonderful life and he knows how much we all love, adore, and appreciate him. It's going to be tough this week, especially for my mom who I know is taking this loss very hard, but we'll get through. My grandmother is a tough lady, and I know she'll be ok too. She has a strong Christian faith, and I know that that will be a great solace to her in the coming months.
On the homefront, we've been hanging in there. I've been schlepping Anne to the Hospice, since Mike has started teaching a summer class. Newborns are very portable, which is nice, since they sleep a lot of the day, but they're also very unpredictably fussy, which isn't so good in this type of situation (WAH WAH WAH reverberating through the otherwise serene hallways). Our nights have reached a comfortable rhythm. Anne is actually starting to show signs of going a longer 4+ hour stretch at night, which I'm praising God for this very minute. Unfortunately, her gastrointestinal issues persist (poor babe) and so this keeps us all up quite a bit of the night once she does wake. But honestly, it's not that bad, and I've gotten quite used to it. As we approach week 5, I feel much more like myself, just with a new baby in the mix. It's a very good feeling.
I know lots of new things now. I'm reading Anne's cues a lot better, as in when her cries mean she's hungry versus tired versus wet/dirty. As well, I know what time the birds wake up. Do you know this? The answer is 4 am. I know this, because I'm always awake then too. :) That seems to be Anne's current morning witching hour. Everything goes to pieces at 4 am. But it's ok.
That's the update for now. I'm very grateful for your prayers, and to this blog for providing me with a wonderful network of Catholics and friends. I appreciate you all so, so much.