Advent is in full swing around here, which means that the tree is up and lit but not decorated, there are nativities all around the house, and every evening we gather for a moment of prayer and reflection around our (not yet made Advent wreath) and candles. The thing I love about Advent is that it gives us permission to be not quite ready yet, because man do I find myself needing a few extra days to get anything done around here!
The twins, if you can believe it, are right around the corner from turning TWO, and can I just take this opportunity to sing an ode to being two? Having two one year olds in the house has been (picture me biting my tongue), quite an adventure? Ay yi yi! The messes! The quarrels! The opinions (without ability to express them)! However, the past few weeks, on many occasions, we have sat back and watched while Clara and Dorothy happily, cooperatively, enthusiastically play together, and this has been amazingly wonderful. They love both imaginarily and really feeding one another, washing one another in the bath, and (this is so cute) massaging one another before bed. They have fully embraced the world of spoken speech and are adorably assertive and direct in their language choices. "Sit! Here! Mama! (complete with finger pointing to exactly where I should sit)" is Clara's favorite, which is perfectly fitting for the daughter of a women who is perpetually flitting about from one thing to the next. Oh my goodness, this age is among my favorites.
I am entering that stage of pregnancy when I am both ramping up, inexplicably getting a surge of energy that causes me to want to rearrange the whole house, and sloooowing down, royally crashing and then spending the day in my slippers and pajamas. We have only now started assembling baby things and I am once again comforted by the fact that a newborn baby needs surprisingly little in the first months. A sling? A few outfits and diapers? A baby swing? California weather is a dream, and I am relieved that I won't have to mess with too much bundling this time around. And my mind continues to be blown by the fact that we will just have one baby! We are so excited, you guys. Having a new baby is magic.