|The boys during a happier moment|
|Unhappy Quinn (temporarily soothed by a babywearing walk)|
I'm not coping well with their fighting, and am kinda bracing myself because I know the next several months will be a challenge-- D will start school which will help, but Zach will be super busy with his schoolwork as well so I don't expect him to be around much at all once classes start. And while I am a bit excited about experiencing a "real" winter, I know that will also bring a whole new set of annoyances and difficulties with it that won't exactly make day-to-day life easier. I don't know, maybe those weeks in Austin with all the family help made me "soft" and now I need to toughen back up (not at them, but myself and my abilities to handle two demanding and active kids with patience and some semblance of grace).
The great thing is when they're happy and getting along, they are AMAZING. And adorable. And utterly heartwarming. The other night they were taking a bath together and Q started washing D's back, then leaned over to give him this big hug. D was kinda trying to squirm away, and I said, "Aw Donovan, he's just trying to show he loves you." So then Q kept trying to hug him, smiling and saying "Love! Love!" And I nearly keeled over from how incredibly sweet that was.
hold onto those good moments to help carry me through the crappy ones. I just may need reminders of this every 20 minutes when they start screaming again....