Friday, June 26, 2015

Dads

My dad is always on time.  In my pre-kids life, so was I.  Someday I hope to be like that again.  It eats me up when we are late, which means I'm stressed out only, every day.  Just wanted to make a quick should out to the dads on a random day, since I'm a tad later for Father's Day. 
 
Dads are pretty awesome.  And I have to say I'm pretty proud of the pick I made for the dad of my kids.  He loves to get on the floor and play, he holds them to high standards, they love to make him proud and he has such amazing insights to teach them...things I don't even think of.   
 
It has been especially sweet watching Nate fall in love with Archie.  If you asked Nate, he would probably tell you he's not a baby person.  While he loved Griffin in his newborn-ness he really started loving his time with him when he got to know him more, when Griffin started to have more of a personality and he could interact with us.  Nate is the person Griffin most adores on the planet, even above Kevin Garnett and Michael Jordan.  He has big (literally) shoes to fill.  Hattie was a bit tougher as a baby because she was so attached to me.  Now as a toddler, she has fallen in love with him and it is so special to see their father-daughter relationship evolve.
 
Archie on the other hand, has had Nate in the palm of his hand since his entrance to the world.  The moments between them are so sweet.  The looks they share, the giggles and the snuggles.  And there is nothing more enjoyable for me to watch than the two of them loving each other.
 

While I got to choose Nate to be the father of my kids, I didn't get to choose my own dad.  And I am beyond blessed, I got the best one ever.  He loves me and my kids and lives a life with purpose, an extraordinary example for us all to emulate.


I know from the way I look up to my own dad, that being a dad is a tough job.  A big role, one which requires strong leadership, thoughtful decision making, hard work and lots and lots of love.  We are so blessed to have wonderful dads in our lives.  Nate, Dad, Ian and Dan in particular, but all of the dads before them who were such positive examples to their kids.  So to dads everywhere, thank you.  Thank you for showing up, lovingly watching and playing with your kids, and encouraging them to greatness.



Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Archie: 8 months

8 months came and went.  It's probably better I didn't capture it in the moment.  It was one of the more difficult months for Archie.  Naps were hard to come by as carseat napping is no longer happening, so a nap on the fly in the morning was anything but quality.  And you know how sleep begets sleep in babies?  Well, it definitely does.  And when his morning naps suffer, so do his afternoon naps.  So by dinner time he was so cranky, hungry and tired that he cried his way through dinner, swallowing bites amidst his hysterical sobs.


He also has gained a sense of separation anxiety.  And just to follow his sister Hattie's lead, he can't even watch me walk through the room without crying out to me.  Yes, I love to be needed and wanted that much, but I also have to wash my hands after changing Hattie's diaper, and he needs to learn to wait. 

 But in the midst of all that crankiness he is still such a little chubby, smiley, happy, giggly little bundle of joy.


He is officially sitting, rolling over both ways, no crawling, no teeth, not pulling up and still eats mostly all blended veggies (puffs still cause him to choke, though he does like Mums....a lot).  And he is starting to love playing peek-a-boo, trying to wave and says a lot of "dadada" and "lalalala".  He also likes to stick out his tongue.


The love is mutual between him and his sibs.
His open mouthed kisses and grabby hugs still melt me...
 And those eyes...there is so much  curiosity, excitement, wonder, love and joy in those eyes.  Archie, I know you are yearning for the independence that will come when you can move and explore, and your desire to be close is a testament to your love and trust in your family.  We love you through the struggles of this month.  You are already an amazingly resilient kid.  We beyond love you.