Friday was our last day to keep Carter. We all knew this day was coming but none of us were prepared for how we would feel. The kids don't really get it, well Taylor does but neither Caleb nor Madison do, but it won't be long before they realize he isn't coming to our house everyday. We have grown very attached to this little guy over the past 2 years that we have kept him. He is like a piece of our family and the kids adore him. Now don't get me wrong they fight amongst each other like "true" siblings but they also loved each other with the same amount of passion.
With Madison going to preschool next year and Caleb being in Kindergarten, I really wanted to be able to focus on them so I decided not to keep Carter next school year. I am going to really miss him though. We have watched him grow into the sweet little boy that he is :) We watched all his first and got to be a part of them. Caleb lovingly refers to him as "the brother that my mommy didn't have in her belly." It is actually a nice way to add "siblings" to your family :) We got all the perks of a baby with the pregnancy, birth and "costs". Just kidding, those things aren't bad. Madison has always referred to him as " her Carter" and she loves him more than anything. She is always willing to share with him when she wouldn't share with anyone else. This not only includes toys but snacks. Sometimes she wouldn't even share with me, Taylor or Caleb but she was always willing to share with Carter. I didn't realize just how much I am going to miss him. I got lots of hugs, kisses and "cuddly" time in on Friday. Carter must have realized something was different b/c normally he isn't a big cuddlier but he let me love on him all day. It was wonderful. I am truly going to miss "my Carter" this fall. He has been my "sidekick" for the past 2 years and he will be sorely missed.
It will be very different for Carter as this is all he knows outside of his mommy and daddy. He is used to one-on-one attention. He is used to getting his way alot of the time, probably wasn't the best thing we could have done for him. And he is used to a big extended family. He had 2 "extra" sets of grandparents who have enjoyed loving on him and spoiling him like he was one of their own :) I pray that whatever transition is in store for him this fall, that he will adjust to it well. I also pray that however "has" him during the day will love him and nurture his sweet little spirit!
Even though we aren't going to be spending our days with him anymore we promise to still see his sweet little face whenever possible and to love him :)
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