A while ago I bought a Groupon to Britepix so that I could transfer all of my home movies to DVD. But before I could send them in, I wanted to make sure of what was on the tape. So we all trudged up to Olivia’s room to watch because that’s the only VCR left in our house. (Do you remember your family buying your first VCR? I remember it like it was yesterday. It was so exciting and so cool. And now totally gone. So weird. I’m old.)
Olivia cried while we watched the videos until she started looking like she does now. When she was still a baby, it freaked her out. The best part was Gabe laughing hysterically when we got to the part of the video when we brought him home from the hospital. We looked at him and wondered what was so funny? In between complete, full-body laughs he finally got out “Olivia’s bigger than me!” He thought that was damn near the funniest thing he’d ever seen. He doesn’t remember a time when Olivia was bigger. Since they’re only 13 months apart, and she’s tiny and he’s big, ever since he was about one, he’s been bigger.
I love that he found that so funny because it didn’t even cross my mind, but to him it was hysterical. When I stopped to think about it later, it is pretty hilarious. To see the tiny sister that you tower over and take care of be bigger than you and more advanced than you would be pretty funny.
Matthew just kept asking when he was coming home. There was a lot of video before he finally arrived. We were all laughing then at how big he was. Matthew was the fattest baby I’d ever seen…and still have ever seen. At 3 months he was 20 lbs and I think 15 of it was in his cheeks. Now he’s tall and skinny. Go figure.
There was a moment when we were watching Olivia’s first bath at home and Matt looked and me and said “Oh my God. We didn’t know yet.” I immediately started to tear up because I had just had the same thought. We found out when Olivia was 4 days old and this was day 2. We didn’t know. Our world hadn’t been completely rocked yet. I just stared and wasn’t sure what I was feeling. Part of me was yelling “Enjoy these last 2 days of normal! Run! Run!” and the other part of me was thinking “Even though you won’t realize it for a while, your world is going to change for the better.” I don’t know why but it was very emotional.
You know what else I noticed? We laugh a lot as a family. Matt and I joke and laugh a lot and so do the kids. Most of the home movies were of dinner time or just playing, not major moments. I was so happy to see that we have so much evident joy in our lives. I hope that continues.
When I finally get my DVDs from Britepix (they said it will take until October!), I’m hoping I can share some bits of them with you. They’re pretty awesome.