Six Months. I can hardly believe its been half a year since our little girl Ivy came into our lives.
The fears I had about welcoming this new babe into our family seem like a distant memory I have no emotional connection to anymore.
When they say your love multiplies they aren’t kidding, my love for my son hasn’t diminished, only grown and yet I still somehow have this unending room in my heart reserved for my girl.
This first bit has been full of ups and of downs, we have been busier then we have ever been, but we also have had so many amazing and tender moments as a family. My husband and I have had to depend on each other so much more, to wrangle the monkey when I was feeding sister, or to re-swaddle little miss while I comforted Bo who woke up from her crying. Team work. Its stretched us and its made us stronger.
When people ask me how its going, the look on their faces and tone in their voice usually suggest I should give an exasperated answer, but to be truthful its been fairly easy.
Bowen hasn’t exactly warmed up to Ivy in the way of showing her physical affection, or any affection at all. He gives her a wide radius at all times, and getting a picture of the two of them together is like pulling teeth.
But he always lets me know if she’s crying (not that I couldn’t tell already haha) and asks me to help her, he started calling her “his baby sister” all on his own, and he can make her laugh more then anyone.
Its been helpful with her being a fairly easy newborn, super happy and a calm baby. She is such a joy and I can’t imagine life without her now.
But I feel like we are entering a transitional phase, kissing the sweet fresh baby stage goodbye. Ivy is hitting lots of big milestones, sitting, eating solids, and it won’t be long till she is crawling. All the while Bo is talking up a STORM, potty training and going to be moving into a big boy bed soon. The more mobile she becomes, and independent he becomes. Things are going to get a little more interesting.
But I feel ready.
Every stage seems like a large mountain to climb when your at the bottom, and yet overtime, with every season we get to the summit. I will lean on my wonderful husband, and he will have me to lean on too. Both our arms are full, and our hearts are even fuller.
We have Vacations to look forward to, and Oh we cannot wait for the summer time to come! But at the same time I can wait, I am not ready for this first year to be over. I wish time would slow down, they grow too fast. I know every parent says that but its true. I am so blessed to be raising these kids, to watch their amazing personalities emerge and I have no doubt that they will bring so much good fourth and into this world. They will be game changers, they will be kind, they will be friends, they will be helpers, they will be leaders.
Im blessed to hold their hands till its my time to stand behind them, always there for them to fall back on.
but we are only 6 months in.
What a beautiful 6 months its been.