Today I am feeling like time is just passing much too quickly, all of a sudden we have an almost four year old, an almost two year old, and a newborn baby who isn’t so much a newborn anymore. Where has the time gone? This is the last full year before Harper starts kindergarten (how can that be, school all day long for my first baby?) and we are determined to make the very most of it. It seems like I can hardly remember a time where I wasn’t pregnant, or completely overtired, or essentially just drowning in motherhood. Having two back to back babies can be a bit draining, as much as it is also every bit wonderful. But things have been on the upswing, Claire is sleeping longer at night, Eloise has become much more independent, and we are officially mobile in a way we have never been before, Harper & Eloise can walk while I wear Claire in a carrier, which means we can actually go places without strollers or lugging a dreaded infant seat around. The world is our oyster!
I am feeling very optimistic about the things we can accomplish this year, but also, very confident in the number of things we will choose not to accomplish. You see, raising kids is the biggest, most important task, and sometimes making sure that all of those sweet-needy-little-people are well taken care of and happy at the end of the day is enough. More family adventures, more saying yes, more finding ways to have fun, all the while keeping things simple, because I am positive that it can be done!
Now, I don’t want to get ahead of myself here, but sometime this year I would also love to get back into barre or spin class. I used to like working out before I had kids honestly, but now, I absolutely dread it. I will find any excuse not to work out, but I think being able to get away for an hour or so from all the chaos, and maybe pick up a coffee and jam out in the car on my way home might be enough to motivate me. And last, I haaaaaave to get more organized. Clothes, the pantry, the baby gear, all of it, I have a laundry basket full of crap in my car for goodness sake. The best is when people ask me what is in my diaper bag, like I totally have my shit together, and in reality? Things you can guarantee to not find in my diaper bag: diapers and wipes, maybe a change of clothes for the baby. Things you can most definitely find: straw wrappers, chapstick(s), week old sippy cup leaking water everywhere, Target receipts, phone charger(s), teethers, hairbrush (full of hair) and probably an empty (or maybe not) chicken nugget kids meal box.
Cheers to the new year! XO