Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Soaking it up

one of my favorite sayings made beautiful by the nester

Tomorrow is my last day to be a mom to 3 kids.  Thursday is baby-day.  I requested the husband take tomorrow off work.  Tomorrow we get to spend the day together as a family of 5.  I'm soaking it up.

We've grown a lot in this place.  Becoming a family of 5 was one of the hardest transitions I've ever made, especially when we turned into a family of 6 for a while.  But it's been oh, so good.

Everyone is feeling the anticipation as we approach the change.  Each child has had their own way of reacting, and I know it will be an adjustment for all of us.

A few nights ago Sam said our family prayer before bed.  He prayed that Addie could feed the baby a bottle and change her diaper.  He prayed that he could rock her to sleep.  I'm pretty sure he included Charlie, but not writing it down right after it happened means the memory has been lost.  He voiced how much we love her and prayed that she would be kind.  He prayed for her to arrive safely and that I wouldn't be scared.  He offered up the sweetest, most sincere desires of his heart, and I loved hearing them.

I am excited to see how each of my kids interacts with their new sister.  It is one of the best part of having more than one child- seeing their relationships with each other.  I know that Addie will be a little mother, always trying to make everything just right.  I know that Sam and Charlie will both find her adorable until she's too loud.  I know that Sam will dote on her and be grateful for an increase in screen time that's probably sure to come.  Charlie is somewhat of a wild card, and I think he's going to be a little shocked that we really have a baby living at our house.

Besides excitement, I definitely have some anxiety.  I am still feeling unprepared and almost a little shocked that this is really happening- we're really having a baby- and soon!  But I'm hopeful that I can enjoy the moment and soak up this new phase for us- a family of 6.  I'm sure I'll check in to announce her arrival, but with the husband off work for the next little while I'm sure I'll be taking more time away from the computer to soak it up.

Hope you'll soak up these beginning days of summer and whatever they may bring for you.


kristin said...

Good luck! Your kids are so lucky to have you as their mom!

Kathryn said...

Enjoy every minute of today, and I'll be thinking of you tomorrow!!

Hannah said...

So excited for you!!! I'm sure everything will go smoothly...and I hope the aftermath is perfect this time. Can't wait to meet your little one. She's sure to be beautiful.

Aunt Yvonne said...

I am sure it is over by now. I wish you all the best. I talked to your dad and I am checking in with him today. I am sure you and your family will love this one as much as the rest.