Lessons Learned from Month Seven of Parenting Two: Out and About

Elyse hit her seven-month milestone just about two weeks ago – wait, I’m mistaken. Elyse hit her seven-month milestone just about three weeks ago. Gah – where does the time go? I swear, I say that more often than I’d like to these days. I thought that life was busy when I was teaching, having bi-weekly IVIG treatments and taking care of just one little Henshall. Now that I’m rearing two (and not working or having treatments), I have no idea how I was able to get everything done way back when. I blink and another week has gone by. I wake up to a brilliant new season. I glance at the calendar and realize that 2012 is almost a memory. It’s true that time does pass more quickly as you age, but no one ever warned me that once you have children, the hours just disappear (much like those little baby socks!).

Pumpkin bowling at Lammscapes in Wisconsin.

So, alas, we have completed another month of the Henshall girls times two. Life is getting a little easier with each passing day, despite Clara’s burgeoning sense of independence, her daily temper tantrums (I lost count somewhere around the fourth one today) and her penchant for stripping off all of her clothes  — diaper included — at a moment’s notice (I know, I know, it’s time for some serious toilet training). Elyse still maintains her sunny disposition (thank goodness) and only really fusses when she’s overtired, ravenous or completely bored. This past month, we even mustered up enough courage to take both girls to Chicago (Elyse’s first time on a plane, Clara’s fifth or so) and invaded Jesse, Jill and Joey’s home for a grand total of five days. (We really do have the most understanding and generous friends ever.)

Joey and Clara getting cozy.

Trip to Penzey’s Spices in Wisconsin.

Although fairly reluctant to once-upon-a-time, I now actually enjoy getting out of the house with both kids in tow and have come to look forward to our weekly Spanish and music classes. A change of scenery benefits all of the Henshall ladies, and forces me to shed my mommy uniform (sweat pants, t-shirt/sweatshirt, and ever-present ponytail) at least twice a week. Now that we’re on the brink of cold and flu season, I’m a little anxious about exposing the girls to the elements, but I keep telling myself that I have to build up their little immune systems. Let’s face it, once Clara begins preschool next fall, it’s no holds barred. We’ve all had our flu shots and I’ve stocked up on tissues and cold medicine, so bring it on! (Well, not really, I just want to appear tough to the germs. I’d actually prefer to stay as healthy as possible, as having a sick child — or two for that matter — is no fun for mom or dad at all.)

As we’re now nearing mid-October, I can’t help but get excited about all of the upcoming end-of-the-year festivities. I’ve got tons of ideas for crafts, cookies and holiday outings. Tomorrow, Clara and I will be baking fall-themed sugar cookies. This weekend we’re taking the girls on a hayride and getting our pumpkins. I also need to finish decorating the inside of the house with my fall flair. :0) Maybe next week, I’ll take the girls to the zoo or out for a leaf-peeping tour. As we say goodbye to another month of Elyse’s infancy, we’re nearing toddlerhood — a time of anticipation, surprises and intrigue. And as long as we continue to make the most of our days, we’ll be able to capture as many of those lost hours as possible and turn them into precious memories of our very own.

Two little pumpkins!

Beautiful fall day at Lammscapes in Jackson, Wisconsin.

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