I am (slowly) settling into a routine, going from 2 to 3 kids. To some that wouldn't seem like a big deal, but with 2 year old twins and a breastfed newborn, it's quite the feat!
Mason is doing well, although still needs to get the hang of the nursing thing and actually swallow his meals, not just use mommy as a pacifier only to scream out of hunger when I take him off the breast. We supplement with a little formula when he doesn't get satisfied enough from nursing, but it's a little trying at times for me. The twins continue to adjust well and Merasia is quite the helper. When I give Mason some formula, she helps me hold his bottle. When he fusses and she can get to him, she tries to give him her paci or if the bottle is nearby and still has some milk in it, she'll try and give that to him until I can get to him, or she simply pats his head, back, or belly and says "Shhhh." The other day while changing Mason's poopy diaper, Merasia ran over to us at the changing table and yelled "Baby go ca-ca!" She's so stinkin' cute! And yesterday, while Mason napped and I went through the twins clothes (they have far too many!), both Connor and Merasia came into their room, went to their beds, and then walked back out of the room, shut the door, and said "night-night." If I had looked at what they did when they were in their room, I would have noticed that they each had a baby and put their babies on each of their beds, tucking them in for a little nap like they see mommy and daddy do with them and their baby brother multiples times a day. It's amazing what they pick up on at their age!
Though we may not have much of a structured routine, there is some sort of routine still in the mix here. The twins may not be dressed for the day until 9 or after, and lunch may not be ready until 1 some days, but they still know what to expect as far as meals, naps, play time, etc. Most of the time, I'm preparing their lunch with one hand, and rocking a fussy baby in my other arm...and most of the time, I'm eating lunch or having a snack with them...while nursing or rocking a fussy baby. Things are still a little rocky as far as routine goes but I know it'll all fall into place as the days continue to go by and all 3 kids continue to adjust...the twins to their new brother and sometimes off routine, and Mason to life outside the womb and with two older, rambunctious siblings always loving on him.
I think I'm slowly starting to get the hang of this mommy of 3 thing...