Life has been so good lately. I try not to be the kind of blogger who only ever talks about the good stuff and how fantastic everything is in her life, but seriously, I’ve just been soaking up awesomeness lately.
We had a great vacation week last week. Lots of time together as a family to relax and play.
Now vacation is over, and I’m happy to be back to a routine. Daniel and Carter are back at school, and I’m back to having Vanessa and Harrison home with me during the day. Two and a half days during the week I work, but the other two and a half I’m home with my little ones, keeping the house in order, running errands, and just being Mom.
Vanessa has always been a very easy child (with some exceptions, but when we are home and Carter is not around, she is super easy). She happily plays by herself, involving me in her pretend play here and there, coming into the living room to give her baby brother a kiss or take my temperature or bring me a birthday cake, and then she’s back to her toys.
Harrison has reached that age where he is very predictable. If it’s been 2 hours since he last ate, then he’ s going to be hungry. If he’s been awake for 2 or 3 hours, he’s ready for a nap. He’s just the sweetest baby, and he’s totally responsive to everyone now, giving lots of smiles and giggles and bouncing around in his bouncy seat when he recognizes someone. He’ll take a bottle if I need him to, which is something my other kids wouldn’t do. I know he’s probably at his hungriest now because he’s not quite ready for baby food yet, but he will be soon.
Yesterday he peed all over the changing table while I was changing him (hey, saved me a diaper), so I stripped him down, filled the tub with an inch or two of warm water, and put him in to wash him off. He just giggled and giggled! After I got him dressed, he was a little fussy, so I lay down with him to get him to sleep.
As soon as he was all cuddled up next to me, he started to snooze, and I said out loud, “Oh, I’m gonna miss these days.”
And I will. I love my babies so much. I know I will be happy when they are older and more independent, but I know I will miss this time that they are little. I’m trying to take it in and enjoy it as much as I can, because I know how fast it goes.
So I take some time to just lie down with Harry, with his head resting on my arm and my lips resting on his forehead. He turns sideways and cuddles his little tummy and legs right up against me, with his hands on my chest. It is perfection.
Some days I’ll take a nap right along with the baby, which is blissful. I know he must feel so warm and loved and secure, in his Mommy’s arms, and I just kiss him and rub his back and try to keep my heart from bursting.
Oh, I’m gonna miss these days.