Last night my Sophie had a bad dream. This happens occasionally, she whimpers as she comes downstairs into our room. Prayers, consoling, hugs, and she makes her way back to her bed. Last night however, the normal routine wasn't suffice. Mamas know when their babies need more. More of what, that's for her to decide. Sometimes those babies just need more.
So I went upstairs after her, I'm sure at this point in the night, waddling and stumbling to find my balance. We lay there in the dark staring at each other. Her eyes still scared, warm tears on her cheeks. My eyes tired, hoping she would fall back asleep soon as my little one in my belly cruised around having her own little party. After almost an hour and shifting around on sand dusted sheets, we both fell asleep.
It got me thinking about this sweet one making her way to us, growing with bigger movements every day.
Excitement is brewing in this house. A fabric of sisterhood in the making, one more princess to come and the welcoming party is more than ready.
Add it to the list of joys on a summer day. My nesting is at a full time high, preparing her nursery, washing baby linens, and watching these girls process and ask about how tiny she'll be, can they hold her, can they kiss her. All answers yes and I share in their anticipation of joys to come.
Speaking of joy, our simple summer is in full bloom. Mind you there are plenty of moments of bickering and arguing over toys, sticks, and bugs. But in between those times of learning and mediation are the simplest memories being made.
My girls spend hours outside turning over every rock and stone in search for bugs. We've established the rule of not grabbing bugs if they have more than 6 legs, it works 70% of the time in addition to keeping them outside and not in a pile of mud of my kitchen counter while I'm making dinner, spreading mud everywhere and scampering about.
My friend Kerri introduced me to Pudding Pie, seriously the easiest and most delicious dessert on a hot summer's day. Frozen pie crust filled with instant pudding. We spice it up a bit with homemade whipped cream, Oreos, peanut butter, and chocolate chips.
Betty's peanut butter cream. Stick 'em in the fridge for a bit before serving and enjoy.
Rainy Day Plans
We love being outside so a few days in a row of rain calls for some planning, creativity, and movies with friends. Mary Poppins, some popcorn, and sweet friends made for the perfect dreary afternoon.
And tent making.
And a trip to a pottery studio to paint.
Just in the last few weeks, sister's personality has taken off, in full bloom of preferences, loves, dislikes, and little quirks. My girl wakes up sweet, usually signing she wants to eat. She stretches on the changing table, asks for her daddy, and holds on extra tight as we make our way to the breakfast table.
She is altogether, the berries.
Good groceries do these girls love them a good picnic. Campus is one of our favorite spots.
There are no playgrounds but instead paths to run on and play, fountains for little toes, and beautiful gardens with flowers these little hearts so love.
We love the Zoo. I mean I think my kids would live there if I would let them. We met a group of mamas there a few days ago and my friend Kristen snapped some sweet pics on her phone of my babies.
Just delightful and fun. It's hot, really hot, and babies get cranky, and it takes an hour just to pack and prepare us for such a trip. But after a bazillion snacks, eaves dropping on their little lunch time conversations, and first discoveries of drumsticks, we're happy campers.
The weekend holds more nesting cravings fulfilled in preparing a nursery, a trip to Texas to see family and one of our favorite holidays, Father's Day. Summer is in full bloom and we like it.
We like it a lot.