Hey guys! I hope your weekend plans turned out a bit better than ours did. We actually had a pretty good weekend, it just didn’t go as originally planned. We were supposed to spend the day in Seattle, doing all the touristy things with the girls, but as soon as we arrived at Pikes Place Market both girls had full blown meltdowns. I figured they would’ve been fine; Finley had been in large crowds before and Loxley isn’t even 3 months old yet. Boy was I wrong.
While we walked back to the car, after weaving our way through the crowd, pushing an empty stroller and carry two crying babies, I had an epiphany. I’m not sure why this didn’t occur to me sooner, but for some reason it suddenly hit me that I am going to be in a perpetual state of learning when it comes to my children.
Crazy, right? But also, not really.
It’s a pretty common sense idea that completely escaped my mind. As humans we are constantly changing. People we’ve known forever aren’t the same today as they were 5 years ago. I know this about everyone in my life. Heck, I know this about myself. But, for some odd reason, I didn’t know this about my girls. I think when they were born I just assumed I would know them. And I do know them. I know that Finley hates her feet covered and her favorite activity is picking flowers. I know that Loxley needs something to hold onto when she sleeps and likes the sound of water running. But they are growing and discovering new things everyday, and as they learn, I must learn with them.
I learned this week that my daughters may not do well in crowds of people, but they thrive in nature. So, we compromised. We took them out to hike some of the stroller friendly Washington trails and they had a blast. Finley even interacted with some of the hikers we passed with no issue at all.
In time they will adapt to crowds better, but I’m glad it will be in time. Until then I will learn from the meltdowns, accept the compromises, and enjoy the magical little moments I get to share with them every day.