A little over a month ago I was just beginning a job search for a very part time job. Since I am a stay at home Mom, it had to be something pretty specific to still being able to “stay at home” with my little girl Mariclaire.
So began my job search… which was literally just a quick glance at Craig’s List one night. Within a few minutes I was able to find a job posting that I thought would be a good fit for myself and for MC.
This time last week we were returning from our first beach vacation as a family of three. We watched as our little girl Mariclaire experienced so many “firsts”. First time putting her toes in the sand, or even seeing sand for that matter. First time seeing the ocean. First time “swimming” in water besides a bathtub or the grandparents’ kitchen sink. There were so many “firsts” I could not name them all, but it was so amazing to see how our little girl was really enjoying taking it all in.
Then it happened. We got our first taste of “I am too cool for you” as parents. And it only took eight months!
Rodney and I have already learned that Mariclaire finds other people so much more interesting and fun that she does us. But I think it may have hurt some feelings (a.k.a. mine and Rodney’s feelings) when we realized that the pool at the resort where stayed was no fun to Mariclaire unless there were other kids around.
Rodney and I could be splashing around, making absolute fools of ourselves, but nothing made that girl smile more than the 10 year old girl who kept swimming around Mariclaire playing peek-a-boo with her. We found it quite annoying. Mariclaire found it hilarious.
Of course we loved seeing her so happy, but just to be honest, it still had us a little jealous that we weren’t cool enough to make her giggle and squeal the same way!
I can’t believe that celebrating Mother’s Day actually has something to do with me this year! It seems so strange, in a way, that this time last year there were just the two of us and now there are three. And now she is a permanent part of my life!
One of the things Rodney and I used to say to each other when our little girl was first born was “Can you believe she belongs to us? I mean, we don’t give her back to anyone at the end of the night! She is ours!“
With all of that being said, we did a lot of babysitting before Mariclaire came along, so we were really used to being able to give the kids back to their parents when they came home. But not anymore! And I would not have it any other way.
With Mother’s Day literally right around the corner, I thought I would share a few things with you tonight that as a new Mom, have really opened my eyes. And also I would like to share a tradition that we already cherish as a family that I just love.