Hong and Arun showed me, on a typical Saturday afternoon, what it's like to raise two kids under two. The amount of planning required to keep both kids busy and happy is intimidating, but they manage. Coordinating nap times successfully to avoid meltdowns. Diaper changing, eating, playing catch, stacking, singing, and reading. As parents, they are tired and sleep deprived, and probably wish they can go for a coffee or nap break sans kids, but they also fully embrace this time, a new phase in their family life, and pour their love into it. What this family has taught me is, during this time, survival may seem tricky, but the tiny victories are huge. When the kids are happy, they are ecstatic. Chaos can be pretty wonderful, when you're not busy trying to make everything appear perfect. Life happens, and it's beautiful.
I'm an aunt again! Back in December, my brother and sister-in-law welcomed their second daughter, Charlotte. The week before I went on a long trip to Asia, I flew down for a day to meet my new niece! She was just precious, and her big sister already adores her. :)