I am loving being mum to a new baby again. I am also loving having the time to watch the older children enjoy having a baby around.
Bethy has decided that it is better to sleep with lots of noise from siblings or to be held in Mummy's arms (or both if possible). On Saturday I had finally gotten her to sleep in the pram downstairs and had shooed the three oldest children outside. Ezra kept hovering around and asking if he could kiss "Baby Girl" (as he calls her). I explained several times that she had just gone to sleep and I needed her to be left alone, so no kisses just now. Not long after I overheard him saying to himself "Stop it lips!" I asked what he was talking about and he replied "My lips keep wanting to kiss baby girl and I can't make them stop."
Ezra also likes to sing to her. He sings "Baby girl, baby girl" to the tune of "Spider Pig" from the Simpsons. I'm not sure where he learnt this as, to the best of my knowledge, he has never watched The Simpsons, and even I didn't realize where the tune came from until Simon told me.
I have also discovered the most effective way of waking the children for school is to put a happy, awake baby in bed next to them for a minute or two, and then remove her and encourage them to come down stairs and eat breakfast with her. They love having a quick cuddle in bed, then they get up far more willingly and there is less complaining all around.