This chapter was interesting to me as my husband and I have recently begun working with the book The Five Love Languages (more about that later). Touch is something I have personally become more aware of since bringing that book home.
When Will and I began dating we would hold hands in the car every moment possible. We would cuddle watching movies rather than sprawl out on opposite sides of the sofa. Sometimes we don’t even share the same blanket!
This chapter was about rekindling the physical aspect of your relationship with your spouse. Becky Thompson is very specific about it being “all encompassing” in the physical world: holding hands, hugging, cuddling, etc.
Of course when one touches a loved one they experience an increase of oxytocin which is the happy hormone. This really, truly, simple task makes everybody happy and calm, which in turn makes the relationship happier, right? So simple. 🙂
Task 1 | Task 2
Alodia turned 6 months old a couple weeks ago. My little baby is closer to one than she is to her birth day. Will and I have always said “we love having nothing to do with each other” meaning that we love being together and having nothing to do. Lately, as a family, we have been so busy simply spending time together not doing anything of importance and it has been really nice. Setting aside empty spots in schedules for the entire family is something we plan to do for as long as we can because someday Elizabeth and Alodia will have other priorities. We need to cherish every moment we’re able to.
Alodia began crawling in her 5th month. She is pulling up on things, even standing on one foot, and walking along the coffee table and other furniture. She has her two bottom front teeth, naps in her crib in her own room, rides in a convertible car seat, and absolutely adores her older sister. She has light brown hair and hazel eyes. She’s going to be the wild one, we can feel it.
I saw a poem on facebook not too long ago that really resonated with me. I’ve kept it in the back of my mind, unable yet unwilling, to shake it from my memory:
We will do everything we can to ensure these girls receive the most positive roots possible. This poem really forces me to be aware of every little thing I might take for granted. ❤
Now that spring has arrived and it’s in the 70’s I’ve finally begun to accept that Elizabeth is turning two. She’s almost two years old, guys! Two! She’s the most kind, understanding, docile, and eager toddler I’ve come across. She’s genuinely a great little girl. Her temper tantrums make other kid’s good days look bad. Elizabeth is simply perfect.
Not only that, but Alodia is turning 6 months old this week. The majority of people say she looks just like Will, but I’ve begun to receive “she looks just like you” comments recently. Her fist half-year is almost complete. She’s about to begin sleeping in her own room, eating solid food and she’s SO motivated about it.
I’m in complete denial about these precious little girls growing up, but in all reality toddlers are more fun than babies anyway.
I would have a photo of A from our first beach day of 2017 but she was napping in the carrier while Elizabeth and I walked up and down the beach collecting sea shells, rocks, fist fulls of sand, and shark teeth. So you’ll just have to accept photos of E instead. 🙂