A Little Longer
By Camaron Brooks
My husband and I brought our son home from the hospital, the second day of fall in 2013 (my first year in San Antonio, Texas). I couldn’t wait to feel cool air on my skin. I waddled around my last trimester trying to avoid record-breaking-heat, fantasizing about our son’s arrival and fall—glorious fall. We bundled-up our newborn as if we lived in Vermont. Little did I know— the leaves hang on much longer in South Texas. Sweat beaded on my nose as a hospital volunteer wheeled us to our car. I didn’t even pack a blanket, two years later when our daughter was born.
This year, I pulled plastic pumpkins and faux leaves from a box on September 1st. I hurried around making it look like fall— even if I knew it wouldn’t feel like it. I can tell you (just like the weather) the seasons of motherhood don’t seamlessly change. I thought potty-training would happen exactly a month after my son turned two. It didn’t. I thought my daughter would wean six weeks after she turned one. Nope, we’re still trying. I’ve shed most of my mothering fantasies by now (but knowing my kids will someday be able to pour their own cereal keeps me going).
Everyone wants us to celebrate this season—the same folks whose kids can pour their own cereal. We celebrate every smile, every Olympic-qualifying bedtime routine. But we’re looking forward to the next parenting phase. Well, we were.
Heat hijacked my cheeks as I watched two lines cross September 30th. Pregnant. A smile exploded. So many reasons to celebrate, to give thanks. The baby phase will hang on a little longer. Now, we’re looking forward to growing into a family of five. Doesn’t life fall into place in the most magical and unexpected ways?
Camaron Brooks is a mom, wife, and writer. She maintains her sanity by hosting dance parties in her living room and sharing her struggles on her blog, Reporting Live From Studio B. The former TV/Reporter Anchor is also an indie Author. Her book Reporting Live From Studio B documents her journey from newsroom to nursery and all the hilarious pitfalls along the way. You can follow her on Twitter.