This past month has been pretty interesting. In a good way... I'm very busy with orders, but part of me wants to put all of that on hold (I just did) and just enjoy my babies for the summer.
You see, they are so fun right now. Frankly, there will always be chores to do, errands to run, and money to be made. But...
they won't always be babies.
Oh! I could just sit and squeeze them!
Aubrey Lane is just so much fun right now. She's healing my heart left and right with all the "stuff" I've missed out on Jude with. I am by no means discrediting all of Jude's special moments; he has taught me so much and is a vital part of the dynamics of our family.
But I will not feel bad for enjoying all the development Aubrey Lane is making. That would not be fair to her, it would not be fair to me, and it certainly wouldn't honor God and His beautiful creations... Both of them.
And as these little moments occur, Lane and I sit back and are reminded of these sweet little moments about 3-4 years ago. We have realized that Jude was just as sweet and fun when he was at this age.
Just like Jude has taught me some life changing lessons, Aubrey Lane has a few lessons of her own. I've learned quite a bit the past couple weeks.
I've learned to close doors and toilet lids when you have an exploring baby in the house. Last week, I was headed to the kids' room for dirty clothes with an Aubrey Lane on my heels. Well when I started back she was gone. So I peeped around the corner, and there she was standing at the toilet in her bathroom swirling her sock (several beautiful lovies and she carries a sock around) in the toilet.
For those of you who know me personally, to say I don't handle bodily fluids very well is a gross understatement.
I was mortified.
I have learned that Jude is going to learn so much from Aubrey Lane. She may be the best therapy he's had yet.
When Aubrey Lane eats, Jude wants to eat. What Aubrey Lane is playing with, Jude wants to play with it. Where Aubrey Lane goes, Jude is not far behind.
He watches her every move. Jude has even picked up some of her bad habits. We constantly catch Aubrey Lane licking the air vents. (The child is disgusting). A couple days ago, I was very surprised to see Jude trying to do the same thing. He doesn't lick ANYTHING!
I can't wait to see what else he'll learn from her.
I've also learned that it's quite alright to get dirty. I had this image in my head of two little sweet blue eyed children spotless in all white clothes- then reality hit.
Dirty babies have explored their surroundings. They have played without the stress of messing up their clothes or upsetting their mother. They have fully partaken in the joys of childhood. Dirty babies are happy babies.
I've also learned that when you set out on an adventure for the "experience" or "memory" of it, once you have made the memory, get up and move on to the next. Some of you moms are already smiling inside because you know exactly what I mean.
Aubrey Lane just loves blueberries. And I just love that she loves blueberries. I want her to have healthy snacks... and what's healthier and sweeter than blueberries?
Well since she loves blueberries, I got the idea to take them to The Blueberry Farm.
But I thought it would be a fun experience and memory making opportunity.
I just loved watching Aubrey Lane explore and snack on fresh blueberries. I laughed as she tried to eat them off the ground and then attempt to pick her own.
I made lots of memories,
and it was a great little "experience".
But then it was over...
They both had enough "experience" and were ready to go.
BUT... I got a little greedy.
I thought since I'm already there, might as well pick some blueberries. Then the "experience" went from great to bad in seconds. When babies get ready to go, they are ready to go. So I left flustered and frantic with two crying kids and three pounds of blueberries.
Needless to say, I've learned another life lesson.
These moments are sooo precious to me. I may be overly sentimental and old fashion, but I know they will be more valuable to me than things bought by the almighty dollar- probably the most important little life lesson I have learned so far.