We drove out to Caboolture today to sort some paperwork out at the Department of Transport and while Daddy ran in we amused ourselves in the car. I let this little guy into the front seat and he was well pleased from his promotion from baby back seat to driver.
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.