There are a lot of babies around right now.
It makes us all very excited for Our Baby (Baby Brussels Sprout, per the girls), but it also reminds us (me) of what a baby is. You have to HOLD THEM SO MUCH and also they need to EAT and SLEEP and they need HELP DOING THOSE THINGS omg babies are so needy. So I've really been leaning into letting my kids wake up whenever and just hang around in their rooms for an hour (some hours) before I let them out for breakfast, or taking them to the splash park in the evening and lying in the shade with a book and just sort of keeping a loose eye on them.
And then getting them pizza for dinner because they can eat pizza! With their own hands and mouths!
But so we had been doing a lot of that, and then the Smoke Monster: BC Edition descended, and now all is smoke, everything is smoke, the sun is burnt and dead like in that one world in The Magician's Nephew, where they wake up the White Witch.
We stayed inside for two whole days because SMOKE! TINY LUNGS! But Joel is working basically always, and after two days I was like, Nope, I'm gonna do a murder if we stay in here, and that is way worse for your health, so we met up with some friends at the lake.
And it was just me! With my two kids! But also my friends, and so when Eleanor wanted to swim out to the buoy with the ladies, but I had to stay behind with Geneva, there were ladies to swim with her.
And then today, we met up with some other friends at the lake and it was HOT and the children were MANY and everybody wanted to be on the DOCK AT ALL TIMES except me, please let me always be in the shade forever, so my kids went out on the dock with the other kids and the other kids' dads and Geneva jumped off the dock (unlike her) into the arms of (to her) a random dad (VERRRRY unlike her) and I was so proud! Adapt, my little munchlettes.
And right when we were in the thick of trying to stay home and stay inside and everyone was FIGHTING and it was only TEN AM, my father-in-law texted to see if he could come read to the girls for a bit, and he DID and I went to the STORE FOR MILK BY MYSELF and so we are all still alive.