On top of the many blessings of now being a family of four with two healthy beautiful children we are also a big family of extended aunts, uncles, and cousins and both sets of grandparents living nearby for our kids. I mean, how lucky are they? How lucky are we? And we were really lucky that for the first few days of Wally's life, we were able to have our in-laws watch Alice while we were in the hospital. Alice definitely had more fun than we did. She was with her beloved gamma and papa and her aunt Emily and uncle Jason and her two cousins Madison and Nana from Friday to Monday and came home on Tuesday morning to her new addition.
Well, so far... things are going as good as can be expected. She's curious about the baby in the right ways, she hasn't tried to smack him or anything, and seems to accept that he belongs to us now. She wants to "hod baby" and she looks very proud while doing so and then she's over it and goes about her business. I wonder if that's her independent spirit like yeah okay cool, back to doing my book reading and toy playing. Putting her down for naptime showed us the one thing she was not into which was me holding the baby as I walked out of the room for the nap. She was crying mama! mama! with tears and everything so I handed the baby to Matt and walked back in by myself and just patted her and tucked her in and that was good enough for her, knowing that I was still hers too.
And here we are... a perfectly imperfect tired and happy family of four. Each one of us putting in our gifts and personality to this family and I feel so incredibly blessed that I wanna pinch myself but then I remember that I've been through enough and have an oatmeal cookie and milk instead.
Everyone else is napping right now. I think I will join in the fun.