Why are there crackers ground into my carpet, smears across the oven door, and piles of dirty onesies everywhere?
LJ is nine months old, that’s why.
This is been the most fulfilling month for me, and adventurous month for LJ. He’s crawling, pulling up, and cruising around furniture and toys. He has two teeth broken through his gums and eats everything! No baby food for this guy. Teriyaki chicken, corn, and granola bars for dinner is how he rolls. Size 4 diapers, size 24 month clothes and a whopping 23lbs on the scale.
He’s still a screamer, unfortunately. Happy, sad, mad, hungry, thirsty, tired, full. He doesn’t discriminate, so screams all around! He loves playing with his sister and enjoys being tossed in the air by daddy.
LJ officially has a love affair with the pool. He can’t get enough! (Well, except when he’s tired). He dunks his face in the water and loves to spin, and he thoroughly enjoys soaking up the rays in our splash pad.
As for me?
Life being a mom of two is getting easier. My PPD is certainly still around, but not nearly as extreme as a few months ago. I was starting to think that I would never enjoy LJ, that he’d always be somewhat of a chore for me than a child, but he’s turned my perspective around lately. He’s incredibly happy and loveable (even if it’s only for me). I actually get a little sad thinking about taking a vacation and leaving him, when before I could’ve left him on the highway and not thought twice.
I feel like I’ve gotten into my groove with two. I’ve taken on two more children part-time during the week and that has been a blessing in disguise. Some days are tough, but most days are so, so good. I feel like I have a purpose and it’s never felt so right. Since becoming a stay at home mom, I felt like I had lost a lot of who I was because being a mom was my full-time job now, but it’s only opened my eyes to the opportunities around.
I’m going to blink and he’s going to be one. I can only hope these next three months go by a little slower so I can learn to enjoy him being this small, before he’s forever big 💙