Life with a two year old (again)

So you say you haven’t heard from me for awhile? I guess that’s to be expected when you find yourself suddenly, after 2 years of waiting, in the full care of a two year old, which you haven’t done for about 7 years. That means diapers, car seats, eating cold dinners after feeding baby, a huge increase in the amount of laundry, crying, whining (me and him), nap times you have to stay home for, wakeful nights…you get the picture. When would I find time to update readers on the state of affairs in the Mac house?
However, all of these hard changes come with some benefits too. Daily I get drooly grins, gazes of undying devotion when I enter the room, belly boofs, joy at discovering new things, baby talk, goofy giggles, hearing someone’s first words, reading “Good Night Moon,” play that is totally unhindered by social conventions, snuggles, rocking chairs, silly songs sung while playing with toes…well, you get the picture. Speaking of pictures…

Isaac birthday 2.2

isaac birthday 2.1

hat peek a boo

isaac baby carrier

Isaac brush teeth

Isaac face

isaac tavin hammock

isaac toes

K and Isaac

logan and Isaac read

mom and Isaac bake

mom and Isaac in hammock

striped shirt smiles

our blessing!

sweet face

That’s the focus right now. Baby and I are doing some bonding. This means putting down A LOT of other stuff that I have gotten used to (reading, internet surfing, crafting, email and facebook, quiet reflection time…) and looking into a child’s eyes, swinging him up over my head, changing his diaper, feeding him and teaching him to feed himself, rocking and swinging in the hammock, being silly but really just being present. It’s a beautiful thing. I am amazed and sometimes shocked, shocked with a jolt of awe, gratefulness, and sadness, when he gives me a bit more of his trust. When he chooses to allow himself, after all he’s been through, to open himself up a bit more, to make himself vulnerable in order to enter into a relationship. Would I have that courage? This is the reward that makes the sacrifice well worth it.


About harleymc31

My wife Abby and I are missionaries in the Dominican Republic, working as a High School Math and Science teachers at Doulos Discovery School. We are joined by our three boys, aged 9, 7, and 5 who attend the same school and bring us untold joy every day.
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