When I was pregnant with my daughter, my husband and I discussed our timeline for having future children. At the time we both kind of decided that her first birthday would be a good time to start trying for baby #2. Well, Fern’s first birthday has come and gone and now that she’s 15 months old, I’m realizing that if we want our children to be close in age, we should probably start thinking about our plans for the next one. I don’t want to make a decision based on an arbitrary time line of course, but I’m also not sure I’ll ever feel fully “ready” to have another baby (I didn’t the first time around), so I’m not sure the “when” really matters all that much. So I’m making a list of pros and cons and finding that there really are quite a few good reasons to have another baby – here are a few of them.
Moms are pretty special and there is something about them that I think is even a little bit magical. Mothers may not be faster than a speeding bullet, or be able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, but they have some other skills that definitely make them magical in my book.
I am finding an entirely new joy in having a toddler. Having an infant was wonderful in its own rite, but toddlers are seriously magical and I am in awe of all of the new experiences and little moments I am able to have with Fern now. It seems like every day she is growing and changing and becoming her own little person and it’s so much fun. But, with that fun comes a whole lot more energy, which means a whole lot more work for mama to keep her entertained. Check out a favorite activity as of late: treasure walks!
The life of a parent can sometimes feel a little bit mundane. You do the same things, often day after day, over and over and over again. Changing diapers, meal times, reading the same books 20 times in a row… over time it can start to feel a bit rote. But, it is in times like these that it is wonderful to take a look beyond the surface and find magic in the mundane. This time with our little ones is so fleeting, and even though there are rough days that feel like they drag on forever, there is even beauty to find in those challenging moments. Look at your everyday moments and find the magic in them.
We live in Portland, Oregon. Home of some of the most environmentally conscious people on the planet. Caring for the earth and it’s natural resources is just something we do, but it’s something that must be taught to the younger generation and it can start at an early age. Even though our daughter is only 15-months-old, there are already many ways that we are encouraging her to care for the environment and for the things that we can’t yet teach her, we model.