This week, Vivi had her last day of school for the year. The summer has completely snuck up on me, and I was a bit unprepared for the charming little “graduation” ceremony her sweet teachers had for her class. Each little student received a certificate for a quality about them that the teachers identified, and it took all I had not to cry when she got her rolled up certificate for being compassionate. She was ecstatic about the whole thing, mostly because it also involved an ice cream party, and it was fun to see how much she has changed throughout this year. I had Chip take our photo on the steps to benchmark it. My precious girl has changed so much, and it’s amazing to see how she has grown. I have to say I have been truly relishing the days with my girls here lately more than I ever have. It may be because I am more acutely aware of the passing of time now that I am watching a second one grow and change at a rapid pace, but regardless, I am loving watching our little family change. Things have been so different for me with baby number two – I am enjoying it so much more. I was a bit of an anxious mess with Vivi; I just felt so overwhelmed and clueless and honestly I think I was in complete shock for awhile there at how much life had changed. With Brigette, I can hardly stand to put her down. I feel the time slipping through my fingers, it seems, and I can’t keep myself from cuddling her chunky little self all the time. We certainly have some tough episodes – sleepless nights (between one who is still waking up and nightmares with the other continuous sleep is a rare treat I can only fantasize about), tantrums, discipline struggles, and crying – but the sweet moments make it all worth it. My favorite part of the day is naptime. We all three snuggle in Vivi’s bed and read books before the girls go to sleep, and I am careful to tuck those memories away somewhere special in my heart.