Jonah has taken to building a fort in the back yard. The other two boys spent a bunch of time fighting on the trampoline. Silly boys. The girls spent some time with their friend from next door. Merida was awake this time, so I decided to get some pictures of her. She is growing, growing, growing.
I was thinking of an incident that happened about 4 years ago. Someone was trying to discourage me from having any more children. I was told repeatedly that I was too old. I needed to get on with my life, and be done with the baby stage. This person went on to tell me that my eggs are old, and that means that any babies born would be getting the short end of the stick. This person described a talk they had with another older mother, whose son did something...not smart. This mother's response was, "Well, what do you expect...he's from an old egg." In other words, my babies would be on the stupid side.
Now, don't get me wrong. Since sin has entered the world, things do not go as they should. Eggs do get old, there is no denying it. But that doesn't mean I'm going to have a stupid child because of it. There are any number of issues that can pop up with having a baby...at any age. I know plenty of people who had a first child with problems, and I know people whose last child had problems. No one is completely immune to the possibilities.
But one thing is certain. Every child, every. single. one...is a gift from God. No matter how young or old my eggs have been, or are. This brings me to Merida. Out of all of our children, she is the most intelligent (as babies go). She figures things out very fast. You can see the wheels spinning. And that's just not me saying it. I've had countless people tell me that they can see her figuring out the world around her.
Merida is one smart cookie. I feel blessed beyond measure to be her mommy. And that goes for all of my children. My smarter ones, my challenging ones, my loud ones, my sweet ones....all of them are amazing. I truly can not imagine if I decided to not have another baby after Aubrey. If I had been given a glimpse of who Merida was before having her, if I decided to end my childbearing years....that would have been torture. I could not imagine spending my days without her.
And so, here is our smart little cookie...and her brother...and a few other random things:
A couple of chickens hanging out in the front yard. Still some bugs out there, despite the weather being warm, then freezing, then warm, then.....(although Aubrey still asks me nightly to go out to catch fireflies)
It is getting late. The baby had a rough evening, so I am going to turn in and catch some Z's before she may need me again.