Sunday, June 8, 2014

Life these days

It's been a while since I've had a spare moment to blog but I'm literally trapped under a sleeping baby and can't move or else he wakes up. My dear friend ashley came over tonight and rather than try to manage her crying little guy out at dinner with her family we offered to watch him. And I got him to sleep after a bit of work and I'm not risking the wake up!

So these days, life is great! Busy. Tiring. Exhausting. Emotional. Hot. But great. 

Daniel is a machine. Seriously. This man works his tail off all day at work, comes home and is immediately present with the kids, helps with whatever I need, which sometimes means watching them all while I go out to a meeting or book club, and then puts them to sleep. He's sweet too. 

I am figuring out what being a stay-at-home-mama looks like. You'd think almost 5 years into this Id have it figured out but I've been feeling convicted lately that I'm not as present to my babes when I'm with them because I've always got other stuff to do. That doesn't mean I get to ignore my home, or my part time job at the church, or my doula work, or my book club, but I do need to remember my first job in this season, besides being a wife :)  And so in learning to say yes to the kids way more and no to the other demands. 

Greta is 4 1/2 and loving life. She's ready to be more challenged educationally do we're working on reading and writing here soon. She might be a bit of an over achiever. (Not sure where she gets that?!)  she's determined. Beautiful. And very silly. Has quite the serious side to her and is very tender hearted. Errol can do no wrong in her book. 

Audrey Lou is 3 1/2 and just a riot. She tears up quite quickly (especially without a nap) and can sing like no other. She's beautiful and spunky. I'm often told that she's peoples favorite and I can totally understand why. She's easy. And fun. She loves big. You would know this if you've ever been given one of her hugs. She almost knocked my grandmother over the other day upon greeting her!! 

Errol mark is almost 9 months old now and just fantastic! He stands up and walks around furniture. He can also climb the stairs!! He loves to laugh and can show you "how big" he is! He is the perfect end cap for our family! 

We are happy and healthy and grateful for our family, friends, and God.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

4 month old

Errol Mark is 4 months old and I can hardly believe it.  You'd think by my third I'd be really comfortable with this whole "aging" thing, but I'm not.  Just when I get used to a certain age they go and grow up on me :)
He is still absolutely delightful.  Very smiley.  Really chubby.  And all around, a joyful baby.  He makes me smile from across the room and I regularly take him from people's arms because mine are missing him.

There is something about him being my last that his hit me quite recently.  Probably because I'm getting enough sleep now to form complete thoughts and realize what is happening.  I'm very comfortable with the idea of never being pregnant again (I think) and I'm getting used to the idea of never giving birth again (I think) but this age, 4 months, this is going to be a tricky one to get over.  He can't go anywhere on his own yet, still is fully reliant on me for his food, and hasn't figured out what serparation anxiety is.  It's just so much fun.  Oh, and he laughs.  Precious precious giggles.  Mainly from his dad but I've been able to get him to giggle lately and it melts my heart.

And I must say, that one of the greatest joys in our home right now is the sibling relationship between Greta and Audrey.  I could write a whole 'nother post on it but since I'm not sure when all three babes will ever be asleep at the same time again, I'll just mention it here.  So so sweet.  I didn't have a sister growing up and so to witness this between my ladies is just amazing.  They genuinely like each other.  They enjoy playing together.  And, probably because they are only 14 months apart, they are doing the same things.  Right now their favorite activities are playing pretend (Both love Anna from Frozen so we have a lot of that going on), playing games like Cinderella's Ball and matching, drawing, reading (Greta especially) and watching shows.

Needless to say, when I have a moment to stop and think I can't help but feel so so blessed.

 God is good.  All the time.