Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Time Passing

Several months ago, James and I decided that we will not be having any more babies. There are lots of factors that went into our decision - I've had two c-sections, and the second one was difficult, we're really enjoying life with slightly older kids, time, our age, brain power, personal choice, etc... Mainly, when we look at our family, we feel like the gang's all here. Anyway, we put a lot of thought into it, sat on our decision for a while, and then closed the door on that part of our lives.

So now, I'm passing along all of the baby things that I was keeping "just in case". There are some items that I'll keep - a few pieces of sweet clothing, the little baby bathtub, the antique potty chair - but there's no point in keeping most of it, when it can be used by others. This week, I'm giving our crib to a friend for her little son. I pulled it out of the garage to make sure I had all the pieces before passing it on to little Max, and I was flooded with memories of my own babies. I ran my hand over the marks on the wood where they both cut tiny teeth. I remembered all the middle-of-the-night hours, rocking them and then easing their sleep heavy bodies back into the crib. Baby time is precious and fleeting, and I'm happy with our decision - it's the right one - but I had a pang of nostalgia, all the same. I took a moment, and then I set the pieces of the crib aside for Max, who needs it. And I went back inside to be with my big kids.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

New Ballet Duds

"Mommy!  I look like a spy!!"

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Cotton Candy

 James has always wanted a cotton candy machine, and I've always demurred, because...unitasker that takes up space and spits sugar everywhere. That's a no-brainer, eh? It's hard to resist the love of my life for too long though, so I found a small one (that can be put away in the pantry between uses) and gave it to him as a gift this Christmas. James is utterly delighted, and the kids love it too - particularly, the J-bird, who wants to sample every kind of cotton candy, even though I'm pretty sure they all taste the same.

And yes, the machine spits sugar everywhere, but whatever. That's what brooms and rags are for, right?