The Little Tikes BlogIf someone had asked me as a young adult where I’d be in 10 years, I would never have imagined that I’d be responsible for 4 children by the time I was 30. As you know, life forever changes when you welcome a child into both your home and more importantly your heart.
Individually Unique, Together Complete
I welcomed Alyna into my heart almost 8 years ago. I remember meeting her just before she turned 2 - she had the beautiful curly hair and big brown eyes. Alyna gave me the experience that I needed to feel confident in becoming a parent and starting a family. Today she is a 9 year old who is extremely gifted in art and thrives academically in school. Although we do not have her every day, she is an essential member of our family.
In 2006, Milo entered our lives. We were not planning on having a baby at the time, but couldn’t have been more blessed with one. Milo has a heart of gold. His compassion is evident in his relationship with his siblings, family and friends. Prior to beginning Kindergarten this past fall, Milo told me that he was reluctant to start school. When I asked him why, he responded, “I don’t want you to be sad that I’m gone all day.” Extremely old headed and yet very sensitive, Milo assumes his place as the leader of the group.
Despite a sonogram saying otherwise, Mark and I had our second son in 2008. Liam is ALL boy. Currently pursuing a career as a garbage truck driver, Liam gains plenty of experience with the surplus of cars and trucks that litter the floor in our home. Although he is very independent and outwardly rough and tough, Liam is a gentle lion. I can always count on him for plenty of hugs and lots of affection. He is the lover of the group.
Hadleigh joined us in 2010. She was another pleasant surprise that resulted in the completion of our family. Hadleigh is a girlie girl – everything is princess pink and she is my little mama. I warn people not to let the pink fool them because she is the mastermind of the group. Always within arms reach, she is my shadow. I’m trying to prepare myself now for when she becomes a teenager.
Again, if I had been asked years ago to envision my life as it is today, I would never have guessed that I’d be a mom to so many or that my children would be the ones who would ultimately teach me about life and who I am as a person. Whether it’s the leader, the lover or the mastermind, the four of them are individually unique and together complete.