A Year Gone by, in the Blink of an Eye.
It's been an entire 12 months since Maddox, the littlest Sargent Boy, joined the family (And by little, I am only speaking of his age. This dude is 99% for height & weight. At nearly 34 pounds he is less than 10 pounds away from his 5 year old brother, Matthew!)
Somehow, even with little-to-no sleep in the past year time has still managed to fly by. This boy loves hard and is loved hard in return. I thank God for how seamlessly he seemed to fit into all 4 of our lives. There was no adjustment period for his big brothers. They loved him before he was even a thought in my mind. Mason, our oldest, had asked to write to the stork for a new baby with mad ninja skills. A few months later, the stork delivered and I was pregnant. It's funny how life works sometimes.
From the very beginning and still to this very day, his big brother's have an obsession with him. I was fearful of the day that they would resent him, be annoyed with his crying or the amount of my attention he required. I made it my mission that our Summertime activities would still be as full throttle as they always are, no matter how difficult it was for me. With him being a March baby, I had a month or so to recoup but then it was game on. Our Summer bucket list of things to do and places to go was long. I didn't want them to remember this year we spent at home, being bored because of new brother.
It was hard. It was exhausting. And it was absolutely 1000% worth it.
We swam like fish, traveled to new parks, went on vacation, had play dates with friends, sold lemonade and spent nearly the entire Summer outdoors. Thankfully, he became good at napping in random places. It was wonderful. It also, came with it's fair share of headaches for me. Maddox hated car rides, couldn't be in the sun (not old enough to wear sunscreen), lost his breathe with the slightest breeze, and not to mention breastfeeding. I had bottle fed the older two so this was a whole new world for me. Public breastfeeding filled me with so much anxiety. I pushed through it, did it anyway, and focused on the joy our adventures were bringing all of us.
This wild, big-smiled, loving child has completed our family. We are blessed. We are thankful. And we are SO excited for Summer 2019 and all of the adventures yet to come.