It didn’t take long before I fell back into “baby” routine.
Thank goodness I saved the baby swing from when Harper was little. I grabbed a play mat from the toy store shortly after Chris was born and it saved my butt. Those things kept the kids occupied long enough for me to make dinner. I was getting good at this mommy business.
Even though I did Chris’s room up in a big way, I couldn’t bear to have the little guy away from me for too long. Maybe I was nesting with my pregnancy but I wanted him near me constantly.
He spent more time in the bassinet in our bedroom than he did in his own crib!
Before long it was time for Simon’s birthday. While I was sad my little boy was growing up, I wasn’t lamenting it too much. A toddler and two babies was too much work. Two babies I could handle. He hit his last milestone right on time and I knew he would be just fine.
I hauled the party-planning committee together because Peter and I had plans with the ultrasound technician and I didn’t want Simon to miss out on a birthday bash. Hannah, Katie and Liv were on the ball and said they’d have something thrown together by 6pm that evening.
With that under control, Peter and I tossed the girls on the school bus and waited for Uncle Adam to come over to watch little ones.
Then we hopped in the car and headed to the doctor’s office. We were over the moon excited to find out the sex of our baby today.
Peter was inside in a flash while I waddled behind. Two hours later we left with a clean bill of health and good news.
“A GIRL! I can’t believe it!” Peter was thrilled. He didn’t care either way but that man has a soft-spot for his daughters.
We stopped at the toy store to stock up on some goodies, not only for Emma, but also for Simon’s party.
“Hi there, Emma. Do you want the blue doll house or the polka-dotted teddy bear? OUCH! Alright…teddy bear it is!”
While I carefully chose my purchases, Peter was busy buying one of everything in pink.
I wasn’t going to ride his case too hard about it. He’d learn soon enough that all three of his daughters would drive him to bankruptcy without any help from him.
After the toy store we had one more stop to make.
Mom and Dad purchased a house right on the beach for their retirement. They said they wanted to be close to the kids and grandkids but let’s be honest…it was a gorgeous find for a couple of old folks.
“Daddy, you’re going to have another GRANDDAUGHTER!”
My parents were elated. Peter pulled up the ultrasound photos on his tablet and passed them around for all to see.
“Oh, honey, I’m so happy for you. You call any time you need a break and your father and I will be over in 10 minutes.”
“Thanks, mom. I’m really glad you and daddy moved out here.” And I was. I know I ran away when things got tough but they always had my back regardless.
“Alright now, Miss Emmy. You be nice to your mama, but anytime she’s not being fair you call grandma. I’m your mama’s mama after all and I’ll keep her in line.”
“Thanks, mom. You’re giving her ideas already!”
“It’s never too early for grandmothering, Penny.”
We made it home in time for me to throw together a cake for the party.
Simon was putting his new skills to use by getting into anything and everything.
It wasn’t going to be too long before this whole bending over thing was going to be impossible.
Hannah dropped by with all the party trappings, gifts, and food and then managed to take care of Chris while I showered. She puts my SuperMom powers to shame.
Finally, it was time for the big moment. Peter grabbed Simon and the fun began!
“Go, Silly Simey!”
“Yay! You got this little bro!”
The candles went out and then baby Simon was gone.
He was replaced by a handsome little man.
“Come here and give your mama a hug!”
We went upstairs and saw that Uncle Adam had done more than just babysit while Peter and I were away. I am the luckiest woman alive to have the family I do.