“And now at last they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story that no one on Earth has ever read, which goes on forever, in which every chapter is better than the one before.” -C.S. Lewis
At last! Baby August Roland Liedl decided to join our little family exactly on time, not a day early, not a day late. He made his debut on his due date, February 12 (already exactly one week ago!) weighing in at 8 pounds 15 oz. I have to say, this was one of the most beautiful days of my life, if not the most beautiful. So beautiful in fact, I actually feel sadness that it is over, despite the pain of pregnancy and labor (call me crazy). There is something so glorious about the second child. Because you have already done it all before, you go in with a game plan and are able to sit back and enjoy each and every precious moment that you may have missed the first go around in the midst of all the first time mom worrying.
I do have to admit, the transition into parenthood is a tough one. The days of getting dressed up to go out and accidentally having too much wine at dinner which in turn leads to a night out on the town and having an accidental blast, simple and quick runs to target where you end up spending a $100 unplanned dollars on yourself , staying up past 10 o’clock on a Saturday night, plans to live like hippies in a van and travel to every National Park in the US, are pretty much over; for a few years at least. That old way of life is instead replaced with a new life of diapers and breastmilk, lack of sleep and lots and lots of goldfish. You may wonder, am I happier? Was this a mistake? Do I want my old life back? But then, suddenly you realize the happiness an Elsa dress brings to your daughter is far more rewarding than any new outfit for yourself from Target; or anywhere. Seeing the world through a child’s eyes is far more fun than any night out on the town. A simple Saturday night in with a frozen pizza and family cuddles in bed is much better than getting into whatever nonsense that goes on after 10pm elsewhere. Plans to live like hippies in a van and travel to every National Park in the US? How much better is it going to be now when we pack up these kids and fill their heads with memories upon memories of camping and road trips and adventures with their little brother/sister. They are going to look back on those days for the rest of their lives and remember. How beautiful is it to give those adventures to a child. All the sudden you realize life is so much more meaningful, and you want more. More children please!!
Then, you have your second child. The sleepless nights are now much more than nights without sleep. They are the nights that you get to stay up and stare at your lovely little newborn. You get to just take him in, because you know this time that it’s not going to last very long. Stay up all night and take in the smell of that glorious baby skin, listen to those adorable grunts and coo’s, hold those little baby hands. It all goes by so fast and this time you know to enjoy each and every precious moment.
For all you single, childless folks out there who crave to experience the most in life, I suggest you wait to have children and live it up. Travel. Party. Enjoy being in your relationship. But if you really want to experience life to it’s fullest, have children when you get all of those other adventures out of your system. Because it is the ultimate life experience. Do not miss out on such a beautiful adventure.
Below are a few images that I took of Eden meeting her baby brother for the first time. (sorry they are a little repetitive but when they are your own kids its so hard to just choose one!) This was such a gorgeous moment. Actually, every second so far has been gorgeous. I am so excited for these two to experience the adventures of childhood together, hand in hand. We four have so much to look forward to with each other.
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