Mary Kate is growing (she better be with her desire to eat non-stop. seriously, non. stop.) and is more alert each day. Efforts at being really intentional with our time together are paying off and I am learning more about her. Approaching her 3 week birthday tomorrow, we already know that she loves to be outside and the great outdoors is like a cork for her crying. We know that she likes when her daddy skips around the house in circles with her laying on his forearm and likes when her mama sings "My girl" to her. We know that she sleeps better in a swaddle but is a little houdini and keeping those arms down is like working for world peace. We know that she does not like having her diaper changed but is becoming less traumatized by it each time. I should hope so, since we repeat this act 650 times a day. I am learning that I should have really done more research on cloth diapers because we will deplete our 401k's on disposable diapers. I never imagined they'd go through so many.
I can only imagine how mundane this sounds to the outside world, so forgive my efforts to talk to someone other than a grunting baby and an overweight golden retriever. As I am reminded often, this time will go very fast (I could handle it going a teensy bit faster though) and I don't want to forget these special times with our girl.
I never, ever, in my wildest dreams imagined this particular season to be so challenging but as many of you have said, it passes and the next thing I will know, she'll be a toddler throwing food on the floor in a restaurant. Each night, I tell myself, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" and every morning around 3-4 am, I roll my eyes at that scripture, thinking it applies to everyone but me. But alas, we woke up today. We got dressed (sort of) and were out of the house for a sweet playdate with Jennifer and Elizabeth. I may or may not have grabbed one of those wisk disposable toothbrushes as we ran out the door, realizing that we did not, in fact, brush our teeth. My poor child. Anyway, we are making it out of the house more days than not and are taking this journey millisecond by millisecond.
So if I'm away (though Lord knows I can't stay quiet too long), it's because I can hear my mama saying "if you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all." And rest assured, there is plenty of nice to say- about my amazing husband, my sweet little girl, our supportive families. However, until this sleep lover gets more than 3 hours consecutively, I can't remember all of those nice things.
Off to feed the child. It's been 7 minutes already!
and just cause it's sweet...