Last night, I stayed up way too late. It wasn't because the baby was up, or Noah was scared, or I was dealing with random insomnia, though all of these things are common occurrences around here. It was because Anthony and I were talking.
These are some of my favorite moments of being married. When everything else stops, and life stands still for a while (or at least it seems like it in the moment, not so much when I wake up the next morning).
We talked about our kids, the qualities we see in them that we love, the not always so little anymore people that they are becoming.
What values we want to instill in them, changes we want to make as they get older, ideas we want to make sure are not foreign to them by the time they enter middle school, high school, college and adulthood. How to familiarize them with ideas at home before the encounter them outside of our little bubble at home. It's weird to picture our kids as teenagers and adults dealing with these things, but I know it will be here before we know it.
It's been almost 8 years since we became parents, and in 8 more years, we'll have a child getting ready to drive! And it flew by in the blink of an eye.
We talked about how we'd be surprised if Nathan becomes anything but an engineer or a programer. How at 7, his brain already seems to just work in that way. He's so much like Anthony is scary sometimes.
How Noah would make the most amazing manager of literally anything. He knows what he wants, and he's going to make it happen. When he cares about something, he's the hardest working kid I've ever met. He'll be passionate about whatever he decides to do.
Elise is destined to work with children, whether it's in a classroom or care setting, or being the best mom there ever was, or both! She has a natural desire to take care of others and teach them how to do things. When her and Maddie are alone, we'll often hear her teaching Maddie new words, or helping her do something she wants to do. She'll be great at it, and look good doing it!
It's fun to dream about what the future could hold for Maddie and Max, Maddie already has a desire to be in charge, keep others in line and organized. I can't wait to see how that develops over the next few years. And Max, well, he's just the cutest baby that ever lived. and that's enough for right now.
So I was a zombie when Noah woke me up at 4, and less than fully functioning when our day started at 7, but it was worth it staying up half the night talking and dreaming about the kids and and our future plans. There will be time for sleep later.