2.5, 4.5, and 5.5

I say this often, but I wish I could just freeze time RIGHT NOW. I love the stages of each of my kids, and how they intermingle together. There are definitely challenges, but so much beauty. On the one hand, they're still so young. I still think of Chloe as my baby (will I forever?) They still have lovies, go to bed by 7pm, and love to cuddle.

But on the other hand, they've grown up so much, and I love it! They're all potty trained! AH. I can trust them to run ahead of me when we're walking somewhere. I don't have to carry them all the time. The physical nature of having babies was never my favourite, and I don't miss that element of that season at all. No more pregnancy, no more nursing, no more carrying, no more diapers. I realize some of these are the most missed elements of the newborn stage, but not for me!

We are in a really sweet spot as a family right now. The kids are finally at the ages where they can really play together. Some days it's Lily and Chloe pairing off, while Oli is engrossed in his Lego, other times it's the younger two when Lily is away at school, or the older two when Chloe goes to bed earlier (at 6pm). They each have their own dynamic when they pair off, but of course my favourite is when all three are playing together. For years it was hard to imagine a new baby breaking into Lily and Oli's tight bond, but Clover has moved right in and now they're a full on gang and it's the greatest.

Recently Lily was feeling left out by some girls in her class, and as hard as it was to see, I also loved seeing that when she came home for lunch and at the end of the day she was all smiles and so content with her built in BFFs here at home. I pray they'll always see each other as best friends, and I'm so in love with this glimpse we are finally getting now :)

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