I mentioned in my last post that I tend to do a lot of reflecting around the children's birthdays. Looking at them now, they seem to have grown up loads in the short time since we've been here in France. N's confidence is growing so much, he's settling into his new school, learning a new language - so many new things.
A is the same. With her, it's the little things as well as the big that I want to remember. Things like before we moved here, she wouldn't let us put her hair up (or even brush it) and now - it's always up in a pretty plait, bunches or a ponytail. She is learning new words daily - her lisp that we thought she had isn't as prominent now. She's so affectionate and tuned in to everyone around her; patting people's backs if they cough, bless you's when people sneeze - she has the sweetest pleases and thank-yous. I don't ever want to forget how she is right now.
But you do, don't you?
As time moves forward, you forget how little they were, how they sounded. The things they said. I found a video of N at age 2 singing his ABCs - sadly it's on my personal Facebook page and I can't figure out how to save the video to share it with you. But he is adorable. His voice is so different now. Not as 'baby'.
It makes me think about how A will be in 3 years time when she is almost 5. How will she be different? How will she be the same?
I constantly battle with myself, I want them to stay little and exactly how they are, but I'm also excited to see how they grow. Who they'll become.
We've decided that we're keeping to two children - my body doesn't lend itself well to childbirth, unfortunately. But seeing how quickly my Littles are turning into Bigs makes me sad for the fact that no longer will there be baby days, quiet times when naps are taken and I can just sit and watch them sleep. No more first steps or first words - even first words in a second language have been spoken!
I know there are many firsts to come - and you can never say never, baby number 3 could be in our future. If not though, I'm truly thankful for the two that we are blessed with.
|One Of My Favourites of Our Littles, A - 3 Weeks Old, N - 3 Years 1 Month|