Our little David Joseph is eight months! And, let me tell you, he’s become a wild man. He’s on the go all the time. He’s so curious, adventurous, and fearless. He’s crawling and pulling himself up on everything. The other day he flung open the pantry door all on his own and helped himself to what was inside (don’t worry mom and dad were right there). Anything that belongs to mom or dad (aka anything he’s not allowed to have) is much more interesting than his own toys. His favorite things to get into include cords, mom’s water bottle, shoe laces, and plastic bags. Some serious baby proofing has been taking place. And although it’s exhausting, I love to watch him learn.
He brings so much life to our home and our family. He is so funny and so loving. His expressions are just like his dad, it’s unreal. And I think he has his dad’s sense of humor too, so everyone needs to watch out. I’ve loved being able to spend my days with him and getting to share him with our family and friends. One of my favorite things is watching him bounce in his exersaucer. He just bounces and bounces and bounces! I also love when he gives kisses. This is something he’s been doing for a while but I’m finally convinced he’s giving kisses and not just grabbing my face and putting his mouth on whatever he can. Another favorite is listening to him talk. He doesn't have the normal, care-free baby talk. Oh no, he takes his talking very seriously and seems to be trying so hard to annunciate. Nothing compares to the smile he gives me, with his eyes gleaming, as I try to teach him the signs for “more” and “all done”. His look says, “she’s crazy but I’m going to roll with it”.
This fun new stage has meant learning (again) how to be both a boss mom and a homemaker.
If I’m honest, it’s been a struggle lately, especially as I make the push to get our new collections launched in time for the holiday season. It’s harder to feel like I’m being the best mom I can be when I’ve put too much on my plate. But I know that as much as we’re all trying to find “balance”, it does’t really exist. So I’ve accepted that things will just be a little busier right now. This means I’m having to be okay with letting some things slide so I can make space for my role as both a homemaker and as a small business owner. Figuring our what that looks like can be hard. And it’s always changing. But even when it’s hard, I stay encouraged when I remember how blessed I am to be able to both stay at home with my sweet baby and work on my passion to serve other homemakers like myself.
It’s such a gift for me to hear my little man wake up in the morning and be able to walk into his room and see him standing in his crib, smiling at me. We don't have to rush out the door and jump into the daily grind. That’s really important to me. It’s also important to me to pursue something beyond motherhood that I’m passionate about. And right now the ability to do both is what's keeping me motivated in this season where I'm trying to figure out what ‘balance’ means for me right now.