Some days, the rhythm of being home can be overwhelming.
Wake up. Give 2-year-old yogurt. Nurse baby. Change diaper. Do "school time." Dress 2-year-old. Play outside. Help 2-year-old go potty. Read "Winnie-the-Pooh's ABCs" and "Madeline" and "Hush Little Puppy." Blow up balloons. Color a picture. Attempt to take pictures of the girls together. Start a load of laundry with a baby on my hip. Pick up toys. Make lunch. Pray. Dress 2-year-old (again). Potty (again). Nurse (again). Change diaper (again). Pick up toys (again).
It's monotonous sometimes, but I try to remind myself that it's in these seemingly unimportant moments, that the biggest things are happening. The little conversations that my 2-year-old and I have. The lessons I teach - intentionally or unintentionally. Yes, these moments matter.
But that doesn't mean I don't grow weary of putting my 2-year-old's socks and shoes on five times a day.
I try to do it cheerily though. Because I know she is watching me. My voice, my inflection, my attitude. The way I talk to the neighbors. How I respond when the baby is crying or when I have a project to complete for work. She sees everything, senses so much.
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