Every day, we have our routine of waking up and preparing for the day. Brushing teeth, breakfast, making beds, finding a missing shoe; every day it’s the same thing. I do what I can to get the girls ready for their day at school, then send them on their way. Once they’re out the door, a new routine begins with my two little ones. Breakfast clean up, changing their clothes, and a quick tidy up of the house before I plop down on the couch to nurse Amani. All morning it’s “go, go, go” to get everything and everyone ready for the day.
But there’s one daily routine that reminds me to stop and savor the bond growing between my daughters.
It feels like this stage of Amani’s life has been filled with so many exciting milestones in such a short period of time. She’s begun crawling, has transitioned to bathing in the bathtub instead of the bathroom sink, and has two new teeth. Amongst the new changes in her life, the most dreamy has been moving her into her crib.
One of the fun things about babies is seeing their personalities and quirky traits develop. Amani has proven to be quite a character that brightens our day with her silly facial expressions. Her signature look has quickly become my favorite. It always leaves me “awww”ing and “ooooh”ing.
Every year, our local farm holds a harvest festival and has a big pumpkin patch. We pass the farm regularly on our way to the grocery store and can see the pumpkins growing in the field. Our anticipation of the harvest festival grows with each plump, pumpkin. Even though the weather has been anything but “fall-ish”, visiting the pumpkin patch really gets us in the mood for fall. Last year we were vacationing overseas, missing the harvest festival and essentially all of fall. I couldn’t wait to pick up the tradition again, this time with Amani!