It is so lovely living next door to my brother’s family. The children play together endlessly and even though he’s small, Florin often tags along. 4 bigger kids on the lookout for him and live-in playmates for all. In the “winter” evenings they run around hunting kindling and we stand around a warm fire pit. This – this is a lot like the childhood I imagined for our kids, long days of playing outdoors and family and friends to share it with. We feel so lucky to have found ourselves living that dream.
Visiting with Nana and we chat about the difference in parenting between our generations. “Babies are happier nowadays” she tells me and I ask her why she thinks that is. She tells me she’s noticed how much I hold Florin and continues “when we had our babies we were told to feed them and put them in their bassinet. We didn’t carry them around like you do. And I think they like that. We just wanted to do what was best”. And don’t we all? I feel more settled into motherhood these days. Happy to do my best, knowing I can’t always get it right, but I’ve done all that I could. Reminded how lucky I am to be born at this time when I have the freedom and support to parent however I feel is right.
Well this is strange. I was just being handed a newborn at the hospital the other and day and now she’s gone and turned 6!? What is this madness? Beautiful, bittersweet, magical madness.
In the lead-up to her birthday I overheard Peach describing her dream “vegetarian” birthday to her a friend. I inquired with her asking what exactly IS a “vegetarian” birthday. Happily, she explained, it was a birthday where they loved animals and they would go to Australia Zoo and no one, unless they weren’t a vegetarian, would eat meat. “So…” I began, to clarify “it’s a party where you love animals at the zoo and you don’t want to eat meat?” “YES” she said happily “but Daddy can, if he wants to”.
Well really… how could we say no to that?
A little photo essay of her day. I am posting this 6 weeks in arrears and our great zoo adventure has been a constant topic of conversation, a little animal lovers heaven.
How proud we are of this little soul who we get to spend so much time with, she’s pretty excellent.