PHOTOS & WORDS
Mid afternoon: the mail has arrived and I am a little excited. And it’s not just because the new Ikea catalogue has arrived with a great message on the cover. It is the little things these days that makes me happy, people!
It’s after 5 pm and girlie home from preschool and eating a snack. Like always, Charlie is underfoot hoping to help her eat said snack. Rowan sits on the stool at the kitchen island counter. The stylish kitchen is just one of the many reasons we bought this house. When we have company over, people flock to sit here. As Aaron says, this is the heart of our home and will be the place we watch our kids grow.
Le sigh. Although Sam and I took him for a walk this morning and Jennifer came to walk him this afternoon, he still looks like he is hard done by. With that said, it’s 32 degrees with the humidex, I am not willing to go for a long walk with a bebe in this heat. C’est la vie!
Prepping dinner. We always have fresh fruit on hand. Although we feed her protein at every meal, girlie loves berries and carbs.
On tonight’s menu: breakfast for dinner. In my sleep deprived state, I couldn’t find the eggs in the fridge. Luckily, Aaron was on hand to point them out. When given the option between scrambled or fried, Rowan chooses fried every time.
Breakfast for dinner to me means: quick and easy. Gone are the days of long luxurious meal preps and eating dinner at a leisurely pace. That will return at some point but tonight, we are tired and are just trying to survive evening routine.
Aaron takes off his dress shirt and visits with Sam. I still have a hard time believing that I have two kids / we are family of four. At dinner, Rowan announces that her and I are girls and that Daddy and Sam are boys. I am always surprised to hear what comes out of her mouth as I can’t remember having a specific conversation about this with her. Pictures in this photo are “the boys”.
After playing withe the Daniel Tiger app on the iPad, we head upstairs. Rowan has a tantrum because she wants Aaron to play with her in the bath. It’s true, I am not as fun as Daddy but after a quiet day at home I am excited to talk with my big girl. The transition to a family of four has been both good and bad. Unfortunately, we have relied on the iPad a little too much in the last few weeks and I think it shows in her behaviour. I am confident we will find our way a some point.
In order to put on her pj’s, I bribe Rowan (I mean promise her) that she can hold baby brother. Thankfully this works and the evening routine moves along.
Stories in our bed. Aaron reads Dora goes to the dentist / Dora goes to the doctor for the umpteenth time. She has lots of books to choose from and right now this is her favourite. True story: I remember when I was a child asking my mom to read, “Little Black: the pony” until the covers fell off. Apparently she comes by it honestly.
I am less “stir crazy” this maternity leave compared to my last. Surprisingly, I am actually happy to sit down and stay put. In the quiet moments today, I am able to keep myself entertained. Thank you Apple! Today, I texted with my friend Beth, listened to two podcasts on my iPhone and started to watch a documentary on Nina Simone on my iPad. Not to mention, there were many minutes where I just held Sam and stared at him. Good times.
Today I am grateful for air conditioning and a lovely house to retreat to. Despite the stress of moving, it was completely worth it moving last year. A bigger space meant our family could grow. It is stylish and comfortable and everything I could have hoped for.
FAVOURITE MOMENT OF THE DAY
As Rowan was holding Sam in bed, she looked at us and said, “This is our family!”