Three’s Company

Phew! The last 3 months have been a whirlwind of no sleep and baby spit up. I have been operating in zombie mode and the post-partum brain fog has been real! But amongst all the chaos that comes with the blessing of a new baby are many moments of miracles. Seeing our oldest two kiddos, who were 11 and 5 at that time of our youngest’s birth, evolve into the sweetest big sister and big brother both doting on their tiny sibling has been nothing short of heart melting. They will both gladly drop everything to jump in and entertain and cuddle her when needed. Watching them in these moments and soaking in the warmth that they bring makes the chaos calm. As mothers we often get caught up in the to-do list of everyday life. And the to-do list grows when you add more kiddos. It’s not only the piles of laundry and dishes, sweeping the crumbs and mounds of dog hair up off the floor or making sure that lunches are packed that can feel so overwhelming, but also trying to make sure that you’re giving each child the one-on-one time that they crave. In an ideal world, this one-on-one time would like planning a special day with each kiddo by themselves, without siblings tagging along. But honestly, when you work, and have a spouse who works long hours, this is not always possible. So, every time my 6-year-old comes up to me and says “mommy, watch this,” or “come look what I made,” or when my 11-year-old wants to show me something that she found on Amazon or a tumbling trick that she has been working on, I will try hard to drop what I am doing and focus on them in that moment. These are the memories they will hold on to. Honestly, the chores can wait. But this time that I have with my kids at the very ages they are right now, it won’t wait. And truth be told, I don’t want to miss it!

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