Sunday, March 29, 2015

Enjoying These Days

Two months after a new baby is born always seems to be the point at which we reach our new normal.  By then, the baby is sleeping through the night, I've gotten a pretty good daily feeding routine down, and we've all adjusted to the new family member.  I feel like we're there a little early this time - Simon has been sleeping through the night since 6 weeks (the earliest yet!), we've gotten back to all of our daily activities, and I feel pretty good about how much gets accomplished each day.

At the same time, though, I feel like I've gotten more relaxed about how much I think needs to be accomplished each day.  For some reason, I'm feeling more and more the truth of the "it goes by so fast" saying.  Something about having the infant days just whiz by for a fifth time makes me want to stop the clock and just soak it all in.  I already miss Simon as a newborn.  Even though days with lots of little kids are loud and hard and exhausting, I know that I'm going to miss it all so much someday.  Seth and I were talking a few weeks ago, and realizing that even though parenting seems like our whole life right now, the years we will spend actively parenting are really only a small percentage of our life.  (I already know I'll need something to fill my time when the kids are gone - Seth thinks I should be a midwife!)  With all that in mind, I'm ignoring the dishes and laundry a bit more, putting off the vacuuming until tomorrow, and spending a few more minutes listening to a spaceship tale, snuggling small people, and taking afternoon walks.  And it's been good.  (And the warm, sunny days we've been enjoying lately have been lovely!)

Everyone wants to snuggle with Simon at bedtime - so they've been taking turns! 

 I finally got my car family updated (after a year and a half)!  These make me happy!  =)

We had a pie dinner for "Pi Day" - Chicken Pot Pie and Apple Pie!  

 Green Eggs for St. Patrick's Day.  And Veggie Tales has a great version of his story!  (We watched it in YouTube.)

Seth and I love the fact that the kids are almost always together.  Even in a small house, there's a number of places they can go, but whether they're playing together or not, they spend most of their time within a few feet of each other.  It's so fun to see the kids enjoy being with their siblings!


Anonymous said...

You are so right, the years go by so fast. I think back to when you were born, has the time really gone that quickly? Ah, but every day is the day the Lord had made.

Annaleah said...

Benjamin's already 1/5 of the way to 30! Yikes! =)

PUPPPsMom said...

First, I am simply awed by how early your babies sleep through the night!!! Second, I love seeing the bits of life you share. It is so true about it going so fast. Jubilee will be 5 months in a few days! Time is something we are caught it for now. I marvel at the fact that someday, we will be in eternity...outside of time. We won't have to grieve our babies growing too fast. He has good things in store.

Annaleah said...

5 months! Goodness! But, Simon's almost 2 months already. Sometimes time flies by so fast I almost feel like I'm doing something wrong - because people complain about days with little kids seeming so long. Sure, sometimes we have days like that - that can't end fast enough - but for the most part, every day is gone in the blink of an eye. Yes, we're so used to measuring everything in time - I can't really comprehend anything else!

Jennifer L said...

I love how Ezra is giving Toby and Simon the side eye in that one picture! :D