Recently while we've been out and about we've received a few comments from strangers about how well behaved and generally happy the babies seem. They often add that it must be related to the fact that they know they are loved. Since it has happened several times in different encounters over the past couple of weeks, it has been on my mind. What a simple idea!
As parents Chad and I spend a lot of time thinking about how we can improve Brady and Chloe's lives. We often ask ourselves, should we do things this way or do they need this toy or would it be better if they had more or less of this or that? Sometimes we get bogged down in the "right way" to do things or we imagine that the babies "have to have" a certain object or they won't be happy. Of course when you take a step back and examine that idea, you realize how ridiculous that is.
At this stage, Chloe and Brady will not be any the wiser if they do not have the newest baby gadget, but I know without question they need the unconditional love of their parents. Of course this is something I never spent a lot of time dwelling on, because the love of a parent for a child is something that is given freely, naturally, and absolutely unconditionally.
What an awesome concept...the main thing the babies need from us as parents is something that is completely effortless for us to give them...our love! So I think I am going to try and worry less over whether or not they need x,y, and z and instead give them more hugs and smooches (if that's possible!).
Brady and Chloe, we love you always, always, always!