Okay, so it's really Saturday... but yesterday my little man had a cough and wanted me to hold him all day long - so I was pretty scatter-brained and didn't get any of the posts up for Friday that I wanted to on this blog or on my photography blog. I'm so thankful that blogger lets you manipulate the dates for posts! ;)
I knew when I started this blog that I wanted to participate in these awesome "Flashback Friday" link-ups... picking just one thing to link up has been harder than I thought it would be!
I've been reading IROCKSOWHAT more regularly lately - and reading about her struggles with her son reminds me of when my oldest was that age - it was such a crazy stage of life! She was (and still is) very strong-willed and independent. From the time she weaned herself at about nine months she behaved like I was an unnecessary inconvenience in her life. Sometimes she still does. How about this - my new year's resolution for after she turned two was to work on my relationship with her and try to nurture more intimacy. I've never had to do that with any of my other kids. It was that hard.
So here is a little flashback to when Beth was about 18 months.
And then baby sister came along.
The best piece of advice that I got during that season of transition was to not keep them apart. I learned how resilient babies are and Beth learned to be more gentle. It worked pretty well. Nap times were the hardest. Two babies crying at the same time and I'm alone in a little apartment, dealing with my first bout of serious depression. It was hard.
The kids got older.
I really miss this. Life was really simple, at times incredibly boring. But good. There was no school. No pressure to get stuff done at a certain time. Discipline was a bit simpler - though more constant. We had this horrible disgusting looking couch that was fabulous for jumping on and we lived in a tiny little duplex but we were happy there. We read books and played outside and went to the Library to MOPS and sang and danced along with the Wiggles and snuggled up with Kipper. Life is good now too - but I loved the simplicity of that season of life.