I’m busy these days.

I’m not busy like most people are busy though, we intentionally choose to avoid the stress of having a packed schedule. I am busy being a wife and a mama of two.

There is little time to sit and write or read or bake; these little ones want my attention. “Play in my room,” is a phrase I hear quite often from Paxton. Weston just wants to be held and if he’s not in my arms, I need to be less than 2 feet away! Getting dinner on the table is a challenge most days (which is why I’ve simplified the meal plan, making that a bit easier!)

Here’s a glimpse into my recent busy days and some thoughts:

In a rare moment of allowing mama out of his sight, Weston found the diapers! As he’s beginning to crawl, he’s gaining a bit more independence and is beginning to get into things.

Paxton drums on everything and anything can be turned into drumsticks (chopsticks, sticks, forks, pencils, etc.).  He set this ‘drum kit’ up for himself and played on it a few weeks.

John David and I had been talking about getting him an actual drum set since he loves drumming. We were blown away by friends who asked if they could buy him a set!

His upgraded drum kit! Our sweet boy was so excited and he’s been having a blast drumming. He’s even been watching some drum lesson videos and learning a little bit. Yes, they’re loud but they’re actually quieter than his created kit!

I shared a few weeks ago that I’m recovering from perfectionism. This is what my living room looks like 95% of the time and I’m embracing it! Blankets make forts, pillows are turned into motorcycles or trains and furniture is moved around. Our living room may be somewhat messy but it’s just fine, we’re making wonderful memories in that room and Paxton’s imagination is creating so much fun for the entire family.

I’m also learning more about mothering a toddler/preschooler. Sometimes the things they want are absolutely crazy but to them, it’s important. A few nights ago Paxton did not want me to take his shoes off before bed. So, I simply left them on. It wasn’t worth a tantrum when it was already past bedtime and it’s not going to hurt one thing to let him sleep in his shoes on occasion. (And, he really didn’t sleep in his shoes, we took them off of him before we went to bed.)

Weston has been pulling up for the past 2 weeks now. He has fallen so many times and cries and cries and cries but soon after he’s soothed, he’s back at it! (Paxton was much more cautious when he was this age!) I love being greeted by a tiny man standing in his crib each morning.

The boys are playing together more and more. And I’m realizing that my job as a mama will soon be including another role which is a referee.

I took them outside yesterday to take some pictures. After 100 or so shots, I had not a single photo of both of the boys looking at the camera!

And this little guy is 8 months old today! He’s becoming a bit easier as he’s getting older and I’m beginning to see that soon he’ll be playing alongside brother without needing mama 2 feet away.

So, I’m busy. I’m busy picking up messes, listening to toddler drumming, attempting to keep a house somewhat tidy and soothing a baby who is slowly turning into a toddler. Add to that wiping bottoms, nursing, feeding two growing boys and endless laundry. And then I’m still a wife, I love the time in the evenings after my boys are in bed when I’m able to talk with my husband and feel like an adult after spending the day with our little ones!

My days are busy but the busyness that fills my days is investing into my family.

Rachel

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