The other evening I found myself in the kitchen making the regular 'left overs' pie when the lady baby followed me in. Conversation commenced and I enjoyed sporadic laughter as Pippi attempted to repeat a sentence after me. Her pronunciation was so intentional - slow and methodical yet so far from being 'adult' correct.
Laughter came easily and mundane time passed quickly.
It occurred to me that at no other time in my life will both exhaustion and pure joy come with such overlapping frequency.
Mothering young children is unspeakably exhausting but even more so, it is outrageously joy filled.
Those fleeting yet frequent moments where the cup is squashed down and overflowing with love. Sweet, unconditional love. The love that absolutely gets us through the more difficult moments.
I'm choosing to freeze this time for a while. Before things get more crazy (and lovely) with the birth of a new baby. I'm taking extra seconds, even minutes if I can spare them, to enjoy the small things like chubby elbows (theirs, not mine) and a noticeable inability to pronounce the letter 'L'.
other small things I plan to enjoy
*The way Zeph approaches me with speed and vigour only to slow down, wrap his arms around my legs and say 'i just love you mum'
*The way Pippi snuggles right into my chest when she wakes from her day time sleep
*When Zeph kisses my baby bump before announcing 'wowwwww mum, I think that baby is about ready to pop out'
*When they both hop up into Dave's and my bed and pull the covers right up to their chins, giggling with glee and pretending they're sleeping
*The laughter and squeals that emerge from secret hiding spots when we are playing 'hide and seek'
*Making train tracks, duplo towers and fire stations on the carpet of the lounge room, all four of us together
*The joy they get from 'treats' like a glass of milk with a pinch of drinking chocolate or freshly popped pop corn on a picnic blanket in the shade
*All of the new learning, the why's and the how's and the listening to the answers, like I acatually know what i'm talking about
Can you share with me some of your favourite 'small things' that make you stop and smile, even on a crap day?