Summer is off to its usual whirlwind start.
Last week I was in Lake Tahoe for work and then flew to Philly for Louisa’s second birthday party! While I was in PA, my mom and I snuck in a little surprise baby sprinkle for my sister. Thanks to Louisa’s godmom, Kelly, for teaching me the term Sprinkle (aka a small baby shower, typically for a second child) and for helping to make it happen!
It was a whirlwind week, but a deeply satisfying one. The work trip was super fun and I got to spend time with some amazing people. Everyone on the trip was incredulous that what we were doing was “work,” I felt quite lucky.
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A big part of my satisfaction from the week came from my bonding time with Louisa. I say it all the time, but I have never really loved kids that much. When Louisa was born she totally changed me. I suddenly eyeballed at every baby on the street, wanted to talk to friends about their kids and I found myself being a lot more open to the other children in my life. The baby stage with Louisa was so amazing, to hold an entire human body in the crook of your arm is a seriously magical feeling. Baby hair smells so good, their little eyes are so sleepy, and they will drool right into your neck as they sleep.
I absolutely loved that time with Louisa, and I have been a little worried about what our relationship would be like as she became a toddler and eventually a school aged kiddo. But last weekend with Louisa, we had some solo bonding time and it was so fun! We went on walks together every day, played in the yard, and barked at every dog we saw. She stole my water bottle immediately but then I got her back by dressing her in an outfit fit for her 1-year-old self. Woops.
There’s not much to say other than that it was jam packed and wonderful. We celebrated niece #2, Louisa’s second birthday and got to see friends and family in two full, long days. Second niece, second birthday, two days…weird.
Of course I have a million photos and they don’t need captions.