I cannot believe how quickly we’re moving forward. Dad’s death was a momentary lapse, a silent moment in a sea of loud noise. Now we’re full up on toddlers.
Sidney’s growing up too fast. Mira’s focused pretty heavily on her job since she started taking on actual clients. She runs social media for organizations and celebrities, and she even offered to represent me. I could use the boost. With so much family stuff happening, it’s hard to stay on the game.
Aaron sprouted up. He loves to make messes, and I’m not usually so mad at him. I like to gently remind him that’s not how we do, and he seems to take the hint.
And so soon after losing dad, we find out we’re gaining another family member.
Summer’s so happy to be pregnant again. We weren’t even really trying. We’ve postponed any real decisions while the family was healing, but now we don’t have much of a choice.
Honestly I’m happy. Mom’s still sluggish after losing dad, and a new grandkid’ll perk her right up.
We’re both working from home more, which is good for lots of reasons. I have comedy routines to write, and Summer’s publishing her first children’s book soon. Her connections in the editing world got her book accepted quickly, and we’ll see it in stores soon. She wants to start a whole series and hopes being pregnant again will give her the time to work on it. And the two of us taking care of Aaron and Sidney has given Mira some free time.
She’s trying to date again, but I know it makes her nervous. This may be my big brother instinct talking, but I haven’t really liked a single boy she’s brought around. They all kind of remind me of Ray, who still doesn’t return her calls, according to her. I think she gets the same vibe from her beaus. They rarely come to the house. Still, she didn’t really get to experience dating yet, at least not with someone who’s not a complete asshole. We’re happy to babysit while she goes out and enjoys herself.
And after everything we’ve been going through, April’s born and grows and it’s like the time just flew by. Mom documented everything with her camera, and I feel like I barely have time to catch it. With April finally walking, we had to throw a big party with all of our people. It’s so hard to get everyone in one place anymore.
I feel like Mira’s finally back to being a person who likes herself. She’s growing her hair out again, and I think April loves her the most out of anyone in our family. Every interaction between the two of them, April adores.
And with Summer pregnant again, we’re looking for all the help we can get. Luckily the boys’ll start school soon.
Mom’s still a little slow. Summer’s taken over gardening, though she tells me every day she has no idea how mom does all of this. Some weekends she hires a gardener, and if mom notices she doesn’t say. Trillian’s making some progress, Summer says, though she’s still dating three guys at once.
Jarred still manages to be my best friend and my best older cousin. He and Seema are trying for another baby as well, and I’m so excited that we’ll be raising our kids together. Sometimes it feels like this family is starting to stretch out far, even when I want to keep them close.
But there are special days where we’re all in the same place, sharing the same food and drink, dancing to the same music. It’s been a long road to get to a place that’s perfect like this. Sometimes it feels like all our dreams have come true. I’ve got a good feeling about the future.