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Sunday, July 24, 2011

Happy Campers

I have three happy campers. Lucas and Claire are actually at camp ~ enjoying themselves, I am sure. Zach is here with us ~ enjoying being the only child for a week.

As for me, it will be a strangely quiet week. I am not sure if I'll like it or not. I am pretty sure, as much as I complain about the activity level in the house, it will be far too quiet with only one kiddo at home...

When we moved to Germany Zach was one year old. My new friends kept asking me when we would have another baby. Zach needed to be a big brother, they said. I told them he wanted to be an only child. I loved (and still love) Zach with all my heart and he was the apple of my eye but I was not entirely sure I wanted any more kids. He was a tough, tough baby. He tried to come 10 weeks early. He ended up "cooking" another five weeks so he was only five weeks early. He was colicky, fussy, needy, hard to handle and ultra-sensitive to the slightest discomfort. He made me think I couldn't handle another baby. He was two years old before I even considered trying for baby number two.

Lucas came along and he was sunshine and roses from the minute he made his appearance in the world. He fussed a little but he was easily placated. He took long naps. He smiled easily and settled into a routine quickly. He made having two kids an absolute joy. I loved my two boys and it wasn't long before I was ready to try for baby number three.

Sucker punched...

Lucas was so easy and delightful ~ then along came Claire. She was Zach all over again. What had I done? I was perfectly happy with my two boys and here I go and add this screaming, shrieking infant. Once Claire started walking and could keep up with her brothers she became the most delightful one year old.

I look back on the days of being asked when Zach would be a big brother and can't imagine Zach as an only child. It would be far too quiet. I love the hustle and bustle of the house with kids. Sometimes I shoo them away but I love when they come creeping back to give me a quick hug or tell me something or just be with me. It will be a bit quiet this week, with only one kiddo but I'll be back to the hustle and bustle before I know it.

I do love being able to spend one on one time with each of my kids so I will revel in my time with Zach. But it will be a strangely quiet week without Lucas and Claire. For now, though, I have three happy campers.

Oh, for the love of my children...

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