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Monday, November 15, 2010

Loving Two

**Hormone Alert!**  **Hormone Alert!**  **Hormone Alert!**

As my pregnancy is progressing & is now halfway over, I've found myself really emotional and nervous about having a 2nd child.  Don't get me wrong- Trey & I are thrilled to be bringing another precious child into this world and I cannot wait to meet this tiny miracle growing & moving inside me!  However- I'm anxious at the thought of having to share my love and attention between two children, and worried how Charlie may react to it all.  I don't want him ever to feel less loved by me.  And will I even be able to love this baby as much?  It just doesn't seem possible!  Thanks to all of my sweet friends who assure me that love doesn't divide- It multiplies. 

I stumbled across this poem & after I bawled like a baby, I realized that I am not the only mother to have felt this way & this is probably how our story will end as well. Until then, I'm planning on enjoying the miracle of pregnancy and the little solo time I have left with my precious Charlie Jack.

Loving Two

I walk along holding your 2-year-old hand, basking in the glow of our magical relationship. Suddenly I feel a kick from within, as if to remind me that our time alone is limited. And I wonder: how could I ever love another child as I love you?

Then he is born, and I watch you. I watch the pain you feel at having to share me as you’ve never shared me before.

I hear you telling me in your own way, “Please love only me”. And I hear myself telling you in mine, “I can’t”, knowing, in fact, that I never can again.

You cry. I cry with you. I almost see our new baby as an intruder on the precious relationship we once shared. A relationship we can never quite have again.

But then, barely noticing, I find myself attached to that new being, and feeling almost guilty. I’m afraid to let you see me enjoying him, as though I am betraying you.

But then I notice your resentment change, first to curiosity, then to protectiveness, finally to genuine affection.

More days pass, and we are settling into a new routine. The memory of days with just the two of us is fading fast.

But something else is replacing those wonderful times we shared, just us two. There are new times – only now, we are three. I watch the love between you grow, the way you look at each other, touch each other.

I watch how he adores you – as I have for so long. I see how excited you are by each of his new accomplishments. And I begin to realize that I haven’t taken something from you- I’ve given something to you. I notice that I am no longer afraid to share my love openly with both of you.

I find that my love for each of you is as different as you are, but equally strong. And my question is finally answered, to my amazement. Yes, I can love another child as much as I love you – only differently.

And although I realize that you may have to share my time, I now know you’ll never share my love. There’s enough of that for both of you – you each have your own supply.

I love you – both. And I thank you both for blessing my life.

--Author Unknown

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Our Little Monkey

For Charlie's 2nd Halloween, Grammy made him an adorable monkey costume!  We are so lucky to have such a talented Grammy so Charlie can have cute, original costumes every year. 

Who could forget the preciousness of Charlie's 1st Halloween?? 
ROARRR!  This is definitely the cutest lion I have EVER seen.
This year was so much FUN!  Our little Monkey even put on his monkey hat for a quick photo shoot.  All we had to do was fill both hands with candy!  :) 

For a nickel I'll do a little dance! 

We didn't know if he'd be into Trick or Treating so we just planned to take him to a few of our sweet neighbor's houses.  After visiting the 1st house & realizing he gets candy, he was ready to go!  We even took him to a few houses on the street behind us.  I just love experiencing his "firsts" with him!

But what our little monkey enjoyed the most, was passing out candy!  Like most toddlers, sharing is something we are still working on daily.  Trey and I were floored how eager he was to give away 'his' candy!   He didn't want us shut our front door & just sat on his little knees with his basket ready for more kids.  I don't think we will ever forget how happy he was in those moments... Trey and I were overcome with love for our sweet boy. 

The little monkey made quite the buzz that night... pre teens were pulling out their iPhones to take pictures with him & post on facebook, and later that week while Trey took Charlie to the park, he ran into a family who said "Was he the monkey?"  :) 

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Zoo Boo!

Our cousins Sarah, Jason & Alice drove down from Buda to go to (our) 2nd annual Zoo Boo!  This year was so much fun- with Charlie & Alice being older & both walking.  They loved running around the zoo and seeing all the animals!  It was so sweet to see them interact and be happy together.  Future BFFs for sure!  :) 

We could not get Charlie to wear the adorable monkey hat that his Grammy made him. 
He was so excited about the school bus in front of him.  "Busss!" 
Sweet Woolery Family!
These nice ladies were fussing over the cute monkey :)
We started at the Meerkats.  How cute are these two?! 

Then we headed over to the Children's Zoo.  They have a carousel, a petting zoo, and cute small animal exhibits. 
He wasn't afraid at all!
Look at these cute groundhogs! 

What am I supposed to do in here?
Alice loved riding her panda bear on the carousel!  Charlie however, did not.  Maybe next year! 

That was fun! 
(And this can count for a baby bump pic for all of you who've been hounding me! )

Charlie picking out his baby punkin.

Looking for the bears
Precious Alice, I mean Dorothy. 
This was a big hit... they both loved coloring on the giant mural! 
They also loved exploring on their own! 
On to Charlie's exhibit- The Monkeys!  He kept saying "ooh ooh ahh ahh!"
Goin' in for a kiss!
Love that sweet monkey tail!
Time to stop for a snack.  Alice was so sweet to Charlie.. she calls him "Cholie" and was always watching out for him!

We are looking forward to next year when we can introduce our 2nd baby to the wonderful Houston Zoo!