Monday, April 28, 2014

17 of 52

Harper discovered fingernail polish... She almost made it on the fingernails. 

Cy spent his first afternoon in the bumbo! Can someone try to reason with him? He really should stay this small and cute forever...

Monday, April 21, 2014

16 of 52

Harper graduated swim class this week. She wanted to take the lessons on her terms which led to a couple of days of screaming, but mostly she loved it. Check out my Instagram (@abigailegriffin) if you want to see her in action.

Bubs has been refusing to sleep in his bed for some naps. But he'll sleep in my arms. I am not complaining (that much) because I already miss his newborn days.  

Friday, April 18, 2014

Did You See Me?

Did you see me today? I was the crazy lady with a baby strapped on the front and a death grip on her toddler's wrist. 

If you don't live in Baton Rouge, or weren't at Town Center, let me paint you a picture. 

I took Harper (almost 2) and Cy (3 months) to return some things. At an outdoor shopping center. Without a stroller. I didn't think it would take very long so I let Harper walk, holding my hand of course. Well, holding my hand lasted until she saw the accessory rack right inside the door. I tried to quickly pick out my exchange items and get in line. And then the person in front of me had a complicated transaction... At this point Cy was letting me know he was tired (read: crying) and Harper was licking a hanger and I was beginning to sweat. The second store was similar except it included Harper running through the store with little boy shoes and then taking off her own while I questioned my intelligence.

But it was in the second store that someone saw me. 

I was checking out while Harper emptied our shopping bags. (Have I mentioned yet that I will not go shopping without a stroller again?) As I began to gather our things and the kid, a woman said, "my, you have your hands full." I smiled and replied, "yes, ma'am, I do." She smiled, too. And then she said something that almost brought me to tears. 

"Can I help you with anything?" 

She saw me. Crazy mom without a stroller and a toddler with only one shoe on. She looked at my chaos and then offered to help. I was so grateful. A complete stranger was loving me. 

And it made me wonder, how many people have I not seen? How many chaos moments have I walked past without even noticing (or worse, caring)? And how can I love people if I'm not even seeing them. Maybe it's a stranger at the grocery store who needs help with their bags or a friend dealing with a significant loss or a marriage crisis. I want every person in my reach to know that they are seen, but more importantly that they are loved, right where they are. Because everyone needs more love and I have it to give. 

Monday, April 14, 2014

15 of 52

Harper is becoming a climber and she is fearless. This could be a frightening combination, but we're choosing to be thankful that she is afraid of falling.

My big guy Cy. I can't believe that he's already 3 months old. We couldn't have asked for a better little (or as Jake likes to say, younger) brother. 

Monday, April 7, 2014

14 of 52

This little lady loves to be outside. She really likes flowers, obviously. We went to visit some of our friends this week whose goats just had some babies and she was in heaven! 
I have the most awesome of awesome boys. Fact.