To me, there is no greater reward then growing a baby inside you, giving birth and raising children. Whatever way you choose to raise them, and give birth to them; they are your babies to guide through life and love unconditionally how you see fit.
Life can get so busy when you have two toddlers in tow you forget to stop and take in life’s little details. As parents most of us do this automatically when they are first born, their tiny toes, and fingers, their first smiles (may it be gas or not) and so many other firsts. It’s rare by the time they get to the ages of toddlers and beyond that we notice their toes and fingers and other little details. When you finally do notice them, it fills your heart with so much pride, love and affection for them that you almost feel guilty you don’t stop more often to take in those little details. This stage goes just as fast as any other stage but somehow we don’t prioritise those little moments as much.
Being a mother of two toddlers is a tough job at times and an amazing one at other times. My two toddlers keep in on a good routine as much as I do them. We have been living a slower pace of life here in the states for the summer and it has me reflecting on so much of how we live our lives in the UK. Our summer is coming to an end and we are starting to get busy again everyday and getting back into our fast pace of life to return to the UK and it scares me how much of these little details I have been missing and how much I have enjoyed them here this summer with time to soak them into my memory forever. I am not ready to jump back into a rustle of blurred memories and miss how much they have grown before my eyes because they are at school and nursery or the smell of their tanned skin after a long day in the sun. It’s so hard to want to be in two places in the world at the same time.
So I tried to capture those life’s little details this summer in photos and in my memory. Whether it’s a smirk after a dive in the lake, a giggle after running through the sprinkler, their toes and fingers uniting together for fun and adventure, the way they depend on each other as playmates, friends and partners in crime and most of all watching them experience the same American summers I did as a child. I have tried to document them all for them as they may not remember everything at such a young age although that’s become our normal way of living and sharing our lives with family and friends across the world.
B and MM have changed so much since June when we arrived, in personality, height, relationships, milestones and new skills and hopefully they have soaked up enough sun until we return again next summer. We have only a few weeks left of our summer here before we go back to the UK where B starts school, MM starts two days of nursery and life will be busy, and calendars full of to dos. Until then I am trying to make the most of the last few weeks in between say goodbyes and working and enjoy the last bit of slow pace country life, what had become our ordinary moments of life this summer.