Parenthood these days is where I find my perspective. It’s been a very full last few months and despite wanting to slow down, life has been coming at us full steam ahead with not a lot of reprieve in sight. Thankfully I am able to slow down when it counts, because these months are flying by and I know it’s important to savor every phase.
Growth and Milestones:
- We do not go to the doctor until Buel turns two (ah!), so we do not have official measurements but he’s getting taller and taller. His legs seem to go further and further past his car seat and he looks like a straight up boy in the car.
- Every few days Buel seems to continue to learn new words- my favorites are him saying “please” when he wants something or when he says “baby!” when he seems an infant. It’s super cute!
- B is Mr. Independent and loves doing things like washing his hands, putting away his laundry, wiping up spills and helping overall. This works in our favor but also backfires when he wants to everything himself.
- Our routines keep us grounded during cranky toddler days and help us make it through, I think having consistency makes this phase just a bit easier since moods can be unpredictable.
- We went on a family road trip to Louisville to visit my Aunts and Uncle and it was such a treat!
- Sunday continues to be family day and our traditions truly fill my tank.
- I joined a new gym and we’ve been using the pool a lot which has been awesome for Summer. We’ve also enjoyed a lot of time at the park, the library and Buel and I even went to his first movie last weekend.
- I’ve just come out of one of my busiest work seasons to date and have definitely been feeling guilty. I wrote about my feelings on working motherhood a few weeks back and have been working to re-find my balance.
- The terrible twos seem to have hit us a little early and emotions are strong. Some days are filled with hours of screaming and crying. There’s not a lot we can do when these moods hit, so we’ve just been rolling with it.
- Our house flooded two weeks ago which has added a lot more stress to our lives and unfortunately our playroom is out of commission at the moment. We can function in our house, but it’s frustrating to have our main play area taken away.
- We made the decision to give up our dog Penny to a new home this past week. We are currently working with the rescue we adopted her from to find a home that’s a better fit for her. We know she’ll have a good home, but the decision has definitely broken our hearts. We know it was the right decision for our family, including Penny, but it was a hard decision to make.
- Lifetime Fitness: A few weeks ago I decided to invest in a gym membership outside of my office gym and I’m so happy I did. I’ve been struggling to find a good balance since having mono in the spring and already feel better after consistent workouts the past few weeks. It’s been nice to have an option on the weekends where Buel can hang out for an hour while I get a little time to myself, which is something I always feel guilty for after the work week but know I need. It makes me feel better to have a place I know he enjoys going as well!
- Little Blue Truck Leads the Way: We read Little Blue Truck Leads the Way a few times every night before bed. Buel loves to act out the book by waving, clapping and saying “hooray” at the end. In the midst of our busy schedules, it’s the built in family time we try to do together every night and it’s special to us.
- Stearns Puddle Jumper– I feel like every toddler parent has purchased this life jacket but it’s worth mentioning because we love it. It took a few tries, but by the third try Buel loved his independence in the pool.
- Simplicity Parenting: I’m currently reading this book and it’s speaking to my soul. So much so that I’m taking my time to soak it in. It’s exactly what I needed to hear in this season of our lives and I’m taking it in hoping to make some changes.
Overall the past few months have felt hectic and rushed for a variety of reasons, but we’ve had a few slower days and moments along the way that have helped. Thankfully, despite the challenges of toddlerhood, time as a family is what helps keep me grounded and fills my tank to tackle all other aspects of life. I have a feeling life is teaching me a lot of lessons right now and when this season has passed hopefully I’ll have even more perspective to share.