This year has been full of love, joy, and challenges for me. At times I have felt like Wonder Woman. At other times, like an utter failure. I have had to change the way I parent because two babies sometimes need me at the same time. I have had to change the way I parent because two babies and a 4-year-old ALL sometimes need me at the same time. I have learned my heart will break while listening to a baby cry for longer than I'm used to because I just don't have enough hands. I have learned that the same heart can hold more love than I ever thought possible. It has been an incredible year.
And these two - they are both so fun and sweet, yet so different. An example from just today will tell you a little about their personalities. The scenario: They were both standing up by the plant stands, trying to grab handfuls of dirt. Every time their little hands would reach up for the plant, I would sternly say, "NO." Below are their reactions.
Piper: After I tell her "no," she tries again; gets another "no." Tries again; gets another "no." Times seven. I finally physically take her away from the plant and give her another toy. She pretends to play with it, but keeps looking up at me. I finally "look away" (but still watch her) and she immediately drops the other toy and heads for the plant stand. Sneaky and defiant.
Paxton: After I tell him "no," he looks at me, his bottom lip sticks out, he plops onto his bottom, throws his head back, and starts crying. He cries for a minute, then crawls into my lap and snuggles with me. Sensitive Mama's Boy.
Gosh, I love them both.