My little boy turned one last week. Instead of spending the day with him, I was with his older brother. It all worked out. In a strange way, it was even kind of perfect. The right punctuation to end my first year as a mother of two.
See, my little one has shown expert ease at sharing me. And my older son has really needed that. I know this dynamic isn’t permanent, but it has taught me something that has changed me forever: a more flexible, easy-going way of mothering.
While it runs much deeper than how I feed my kids, one small way that this more adaptable parenting has expressed itself is through food. My older son hadn’t eaten sugar before his first birthday. Seriously. I’m not kidding. And while, in some ways, I wish I’d been as diligent with my second, the fact that I haven’t been is indicative of a mellowed attitude that I’m proud of and that does my baby good.
Check out the recipe for (and more photos of) my little one’s decadent Double Chocolate Birthday Cake with Strawberries (home made with sugar and butter and chocolate, oh my!).
And maybe even take a read at my sappy little birthday note to my happy little birthday boy. Then, enjoy your children, make something yummy and tell us…
What has each of your children taught you about love and parenting?