When we were at the water park, Isaac asked me, "Dad, why do you want to do everything with me?" I have been realizing increasingly more the last few weeks how little time I have left with Isaac as my only child. I am trying to take advantage of these times together and cherish them before the frenzy of the quints hits. I just told him, "Isey, I only have you for a few more months as my only son and I want to spend as much time as I can with you. Does that bother you?" He replied, "No, I was just asking."
|Striking the bathing beauty (or hunk, in this case) pose|
I truly hope that Isaac will not feel that our love for him is less when our lives are consumed with caring for five new babies. We've talked through this a bit with him, but when reality hits, I think it's going to be pretty hard for him to be playing sixth fiddle. We will need to make it a priority to spend quality times with him alone after the siblings arrive.
I really think we all don't truly have much of a real picture what we are in for. I would say we are going into it all pretty well prepared -- and more than well cared-for, but there are so many unknowns, that we can only plan so much. At a certain point planning becomes futile and more work, since we don't know the facts of our situation yet.
We've been blessed by having our baby room start to fill up over the last few days with donations from several people. It's sure making things seem real as I see all the baby paraphernalia. How do you know when enough is enough? With one? With FIVE? I remember being continually amazed how much "stuff" Isaac needed (I guess I should say, we needed for Isaac) when he was a baby. That is now increased by 5 in some areas, but fortunately not all. We're going to be going through the stuff and using a spreadsheet our manager/coordinator, Stacey Walter, has made for us to find out what we have and what we are lacking. That's a big help for me, especially. Now, where to put the stuff, since we won't need it all at once . . . .
|Isaac's favorite Stateside treat: Pizza at Costco!|