Today I got to meet my friend's new baby and he is so cute and squirmy and warm. He smells just like a baby and has perfect little bitty fingers that like to hold on to other people's fingers. I'm so happy for my friend and her family! And I am so happy with my own, older kids. Yes, I cried a tiny bit when I first saw that baby, but I don't really want another one of my own. It's really nice to be done having babies, too.
Comparing my life, with a 2-year old and a 4-year old, to my friend's situation with a new baby, I have so much freedom, energy, and time! It makes me feel appreciative of my own situation, and like I should take advantage of it.
I'm also relieved that I've gotten rid of lots of my baby accoutrements: the high chair, swing, rattles, bottles, pump, burp cloths, baby bath tub, tons of toys and clothes. My friend has all her baby stuff, plus her 2-year old stuff, plus her 5-year old stuff!
So it's got me thinking again about only keeping the things that we need now. It's a new inspiration to declutter -- maybe it's a good time to go through my craft/sewing/art supplies while I have this attitude.