by christine victoria alexander

Thursday, February 6, 2020

BEING A MAMA TO THREE

A little update on the girls and a few pictures that are so special to me, not just because this delicious squishy baby stage is so fleeting, but also because my eldest daughter took them. ๐Ÿงก


Olive has blossomed into such a capable girl - she is so helpful to me and is like a second mommy to her little sisters - sometimes I forget she is only 4! I can only imagine how much more she will grow into this role as the oldest of the bunch as time goes on. She is extremely active, loves riding her bike, running, climbing trees, digging in the dirt, making forts out of chairs and pillows and riding her rocking pony, Ted, around the living room. Since all of this comes so naturally to her I really try to encourage her softer, more caring side as much as possible because I find that's where she often runs into trouble.

Rosie is a few months shy of turning 3 and a personality paradox: stubborn and headstrong, tender and kind hearted. She is not very active and prefers sitting in her lawn chair watching Olive play or laying on the driveway while Olive runs circles around her. She likes playing babies, pretend cooking, making up songs on the piano, dancing to her music books and cuddling on the couch. She and Olive started sharing a room a few months ago and it's helped them grow so much closer. We hear them talking and giggling in the evenings and as long as they aren't jumping on the bed or throwing things at the wall I try not to interfere - it's so good for them to have each other. ๐Ÿ‘ง๐Ÿ‘ง


Sunday marks 10 months with my Madeline girl, the happiest baby of them all! I wish everyone had a Madeline. Her smile and her cuddles make anything and everything instantly better. I could not have dreamed up a more perfect little ball of sunshine. Five teeth just came in all at once and her little smile is so ridiculously cute with those tiny little choppers peeking out now. I'm starting to offer her some smoothies and purees and, like all my girls, she detests avocado and loves green smoothies.

A friend of mine recently asked me how I like being a mom of 3 and it sort of caught me off guard. I didn't know how to respond because this is my reality and I'm not the kind of person who ever thinks about how things would have been if.... blah blah blah. I assume this person meant how do I like it with three vs. when it was just Olive or just Olive and Rosie. Well, I've thought about it and you know what? Babies are work, hard work. But here's the secret. Babies are happiness too. I was so happy with just Olive and then I had Rosie and yes, it was more work, but so much more happiness too! And now that I have Madeline it is a tremendous amount of work but oh my goodness if you only knew how much more happiness! So maybe that's why it's hard to answer. How do I like it? Well, some days are absolutely perfect and some days are utterly grueling, but the truth is, I've never been happier in my whole life.

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