He's a pure light in our family. Even with him being so little, I absolutely love the dynamic between he and Ella. Ella's joy for the new addition has added to our own happiness, and I can't wait to see them grow up next to each other.
I have to say that the transition from having 1 kid to 2 kids has completely surprised me. It hasn't been anything near to what I expected. Yes, Tim works from home so if all out chaos ensues in the middle of the day, he can lend a quick hand, but there isn't much chaos that needs tending to. Ella is eager help or is patient when I need her to be, Archer sleeps well, eats well, and has an overall calm demeanor.
I'm so thankful. Because in all honesty, I needed this. I needed to see Ella love Archer and I needed to see Archer smile uncontrollably at our pediatrician and easily gain weight on formula. I needed what these last two months have been. Because after the craziness that was my first year of motherhood, I needed to be reassured that I can have 1 kid, 2 kids, and be happy and thrive.
Of course, it's not all rainbows. Archer was nearly inconsolable in church this past weekend for no other reason than he was tired. I swayed, and "shhhed" in the back of the church for a good chunk of Mass -- it gave me so much anxiety I had to hide the tears.
These moments come and go, but they in no way define the family of 4 life. At the end of the day, I'm grateful my kids are who they are and I wouldn't trade their relationship and our new family for anything.