Two, Too Wonderful
My little Moira is 6 months old today, and I suppose that warrants an update. The last 6 months have been wonderfully busy as we’ve learned to operate as a family of four. It’s funny to think that she was born only 6 months ago — I feel like I’ve had two children for much longer. The minute I discovered I was pregnant, I started trying to wrap my mind around the idea that I would be a mother of two. Parenthood is a magical thing, in that it pushes you beyond the limits of self, expanding your heart and mind to accommodate the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of another little soul. It is daunting to approach this task of a lifetime all at once, but God graciously extends and expands His grace to meet our needs as parents day by day.
I feel a little bit like the Grinch Who Stole Christmas, or maybe Ebenezer Scrooge (Christmas in July?), in an I-was-never-grouchy-about-motherhood sort of way. But like these classic characters, I didn’t know what I was missing. And now I can hardly remember what it was like not having these two sweet, messy, rambunctious, intelligent, hilarious, precious children. I have SO much more to learn about being a mother, (a wife, sister, daughter, friend…the list could go on), but God continues to enlarge my heart and open my eyes to truths previously unknown. Parenthood is a blessing and a burden. A privilege and a responsibility. And I’m so grateful I’ve been given the opportunity to be mother to two wonderful little ones.
And now, on to more mundane thoughts?
The early months with Moira rushed by. She is a pro at nursing and was sleeping 6 hours at night by 6 weeks (hallelujah!). Cormac was (and still is) a more difficult sleeper, so it has been a pure grace that Moira almost immediately adapted to a routine that gave me enough sleep to feel like a normal human being. First-time motherhood is difficult, there is so much to figure out. Second-time motherhood feels a little more comfortable and, dare I say it, easier. It all depends on the baby, of course, but being a second child myself, I like to think we are generally more chill than firsts. We’ll see how that plays out over the next several years… 😉
Overall, adapting to life as a family of four has been pretty smooth. I’ve been able to adjust my freelance schedule to accommodate a new routine. And I’m also learning more about how to manage expectations and set goals for my work life and personal life. Family always comes first for me, but it can be very easy to get caught up in important projects or high-priority clients. I am so grateful that I’ve been able to continue designing and doing what I love while also caring for my children and home. At the same time, these years when they’re young will fly by (they already are!) and I want to enjoy them and ensure I’m committed to leading them through these precious days. Or is it they who are leading me?
The other amazing thing about parenting? How much it teaches you about yourself. I continue to feel challenged by every new phase of growth (read: current phase of rambunctious and creepily smart 2.5 year old boy!), reminded of my failures, encouraged to serve better, trust more… and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
And now for the cute pics to commemorate Moira’s half-year birthday! 🙂