We are fortunate enough to be taking care of Baby N, who is all of 74 days old.
We're not sure how long Baby N will be with us. It might for another month, it might be for another year. But right now, in this moment, he is with us. And he brings so much beauty to the world.
He has dark eyes that now follow me when I hover in front of him. He waggles both arms in pure joy when his bottle arrives. And he is just now learning to smile his perfect little gummy smile.
No one else will see these moments. We are lucky people to share in these unique moments of this beautiful baby boy.
I was up with Baby N until 2 a.m. last night and then up again at 5. I do not complain. I celebrate. For these precious hours it is just me and the munchkin.
We also do respite for Master Q and Baby A on the weekend.
Master Q is a mad man. He is 20 months old and just loves the world. He finds so much joy in a ball, and is fond of giving me heart attacks as he throws himself off the playground equipment and managers to hold onto the monkey bars with two hands.
Baby A is 9 months old and is working out the world. He can spend half an hour fascinated by a plastic coat hanger. He loves shaking his head back and forth and go "La la la la" as I try to give him his bottle.
Last night I drove Baby A back to his mum. She was ecstatic to see her little man and who could blame her?
I drove back home through Vancouver and the Tricity area. I drove past mountains that are shedding the last of their snow in the summer heat. I drove past forests where deer, bears, coyotes, and wolves roam. I drove past rivers where wild salmon take their final journey.
I arrived at my recently painted home where my eclectic family live. There are seven beautiful people currently residing here. We shared our food that was barbecued in the summer sun by Papa.
Beauty surrounds me. I just have to remember to open my eyes and look