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Gen is still trying to comprehend what it means to have a new little brother. She is both excited with his presence, but disappointed at having to share her parents’ attention; a jumble of emotions that is difficult for a 2 1/2 year-old to comprehend. As parents, we’re learning what it means to divide our attention constantly between two little ones with “high needs.”
We really enjoyed Calvin’s family leave (he took 2 weeks off, and went back to work on the 2nd). One thing we enjoyed as a family during that time was family reading time. Gen chose the abridged, illustrated version of Wind In the Willows, and regularly asks for “Moley?” We all curl up in our bed together in the quilts, and listen as Calvin reads aloud, as I nurse Enoch. We are working to incorporate this into our daily schedule as much as possible!
I’ve also been preparing- in small time increments- for a seasonal consignment sale again. Twice a year, I go through the children’s clothes, sorting to “give away,” “keep,” or “sell.” Gen loves stacking up her outgrown things, saying “Someone else’s turn!” She has such a generous spirit. (Local friends, if you decide to take part in the sale, let them know I referred you!)
I haven’t gotten back into menu planning yet, and so meals have been a bit haphazard lately. Thankfully, I’ve had some meals saved in the freezer, and friends have lovingly brought us grocery staples to keep our family going! One dear friend even blessed me with a crockpot, which I’m sure will be a lifesaver on many days.
So, right now, we are keeping things very simple; making sure the little ones are clean, dry, and fed, and not much else! We are trying to rest as much as possible, focusing mainly on cherishing our little ones and nurturing our marriage during this season.