I love my little girl. I really do. She's sweet, funny, active, loves to dance and listen to music. She embodies a lot of the characteristics I'd want in a person or a friend. But she's also two, and with that comes a lot of character-shaping and redirecting. It's exhausting at times.
I was reminded just how different each stage of parenting is when we visited with our friends, the Childresses, this past weekend in Alabama.
Rylann is just 3 months old, and aside from all the feeding difficulties Kristen had had with her (which she put up with like a CHAMP), and Rylann's intolerance to a certain formula, she pretty much sleeps through the night and is generally agreeable. For an infant, that is like a winning combo. It doesn't get much better than that. She seems perfect right now, even if she isn't (To Will & Kristen: I am in no way saying "she isn't!"). It makes me realize sometimes things were really good when I thought they were hard.
So, people ask me if I'm excited about a new baby. I am, but to be honest, for better or for worse, I really haven't thought a whole lot about it. I've thought more about what I/we need to teach and share with Mia before a baby arrives. I've thought about all the house projects we'd like to get done this summer, Lord Willing. I've thought about how I want to make the most of these months before things flip around again. Because a baby pretty much rocks your world, and toddler tries to control it! :P
I'm thankful for where we are, but sometimes the lessons and the patience hit you pretty hard. I guess it's a good place to be ... for a time.
A Time for Everything1 There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under heaven:2 a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
3 a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
4 a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain,
6 a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
7 a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
8 a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.And I am seeking wisdom, contentment & peace during these times...our family depends on it.