hope you had a wonderful memorial day weekend! i’m not sure how it’s already wednesday… we crammed our little family of four into a photobooth on monday down at bubby’s in tribeca after we enjoyed brunch there with friends (and some of the best pancakes any of us have ever had.) i’m actually embarrassed at how many times since brunch i have brought up those pancakes to friends or just thought about them myself, but they really were something else. plus, there was this strawberry rhubarb compote on top… i mean.
i feel like we have accomplished so much the past few days, and even over the weekend too. but then again it’s a big blur. i know there were some bike rides in there, some splash pads, some rearranging of furniture and de-cluttering in the apartment. there was lots of work and lots of watermelon eating (and sticky fingers to prove it.) there was too little of sleep saturday night for this mama but some homemade french toast sunday morning that was so delicious it kind of made up for it. there was some mary poppin’s watching (how amazing is julie andrews. seriously.) with a big bowl of popped popcorn that someone might have spilled everywhere. there was our first day of mid-eighty degree weather that was just glorious and got us all moody for summertime to come and stay and never leave.
there was also that brief stint where samson started to run into a busy street and i almost had a heart attack chasing after him. that moment is not a blur. that moment i will undoubtedly never forget. (although i pray hard it never ever repeats itself.)
samson turns two (TWO) on friday. (!!!!!) we have been talking about his birthday for a while now and so when we say, “does someone have a birthday coming up?” he kind of gets all bashful and smiley and giggly. “MEEEEEEE!” he will chime in and say. then eleanor chimes in about how samson wants a green birthday cake, because she truly believes his favorite color is green (he really doesn’t know his colors so it’s cute how she tries to help him out there…) she also chimes in often that he has requested a bubble maker for his birthday (because i think she really wants a bubble maker.) we have even sung “happy pretendbirth-day to you” a few times for practice just because eleanor loves to conduct us singing and it’s too fun to watch samson try to not crack up laughing being the center of attention. friday is going to be a good day.
at the end of our days together, i always tuck my babes into bed and lay with them until they fall asleep. we still haven’t quite mastered kissing the kids goodnight and closing the nursery door and letting them go down on their own at night. sometimes i think that’d be nice, but i honestly don’t mind crawling into their tiny toddler beds each night and rubbing their backs as they drift off. since eleanor and samson share a room, i usually put eleanor to sleep first, and because it takes just a minute or two of rubbing her back and singing her a song after we read books and say prayers. she likes to hold my hand tightly as i lay beside her, and it makes my evening every night when she asks for my hand. once she’s asleep, i tuck samson into bed and lay beside him (for much longer than i do with eleanor just because it takes him sometimes forever these days to fall asleep…) he’ll toss and turn a lot trying to get comfortable and often end up with his face so close to mine our noses are practically touching. once they are asleep and before i crawl away, i always whisper how i love them. the other night after i thought samson was down, i whispered, “i love you samson…” to which he surprised me by responding with his eyes closed and face right up beside mine, “i love you mama…” and then he felt for my face with his hand while his eyes were still closed, touched my cheek, moved his tiny head closer, and gave me a little kiss. i almost lost it. i am the luckiest. i really seriously am. this mother-thing is huge for me. and i love it so much it hurts.
have a great remainder of your week! happy start of summer, friends!