My best friend got married this summer. It was about one week after we brought Eli home from Ethiopia.
This is at the rehearsal dinner.
We considered not taking him out at all. We were being VERY protective the first couple of weeks, and this was literally one of his first times out of the house. Look how happy he is, but he is GRIPPING Brandon's shirt :) He already looks so different with his long hair. Finn's hair has also gotten a lot longer.
So far, Eli has been to:
Tampa, Florida (to see his cousin!)
(his third and fourth plane rides after the two back to Ethiopia)
That is in less than 3 months. Finn has been to Africa...in addition to Kentucky three times, Rockford an additional time and that might be it.
Having two kids I am realizing this:
1. You have a good excuse for not having flat abs. EVERY. SINGLE. TiME. i lay down to do a crunch/plank/bicycle.....I get a child sitting on my face/belly/legs/boobs. If I do a plank, they crawl under and push up. So, although entertaining, makes it tough to work out.
2. When you have two kids of different races, people will often stare for long periods at your stroller, stare intently at just one of the children, wave at the child of their race (very disturbing and angering..), or recognize you later because of it. (Hey, you're the lady that walks at the park with the two kids...one mixed..I don't bother correcting most of them.)
3. People will ask all the time if you have twins. Even though they are different colors. (They are the same size and weight...23lbs and 32 inches long: 10 months apart)
4. Even though they nap at the same time, for 3 hours, you will still get NOTHING done. And you have to feel okay about it. Even though you once taught a classroom of 28 students with no 3 hour naps and still got a lot done. I guess these 2 sweet children just need lots of mommy time, and then make lots of messes to clean.
5. "cooking" means trying not to trip over small people in the kitchen as they grab onto your feet.
6. "quiet time" with the Lord is much more desired, but much harder to get because I am EVEN MORE tired in the morning. My newly recovered bible is making me want to wake up early to open it. (made a slipcover for it inspired by my friend Shara. I'm sure she sewed hers but I didn't feel like pulling the machine down, so mine is hot glued...)
7. Traveling to the park with two kids is like packing for Christmas vacation with my husband and I. Diapers, wipes, snacks, water, milk, toys, etc, etc.... Sometimes doesn't feel worth it! Always is.
8. I said my kids would not watch ANY TV. Well, along with the 85 other resolutions and things that I judged others for but "would never do with MYYY KIDS", I am failing :) Let it be said, you are NOT WRONG if you want to watch 8 hours a day with your kids! The shows they make now are super educational and awesome. I just really 'intended' not to make the tv something I relied on for entertainment. I want to force myself to get in the floor and play with them.
Anyway, on to how I am not actually doing any of what I thought. The "your baby can read" series is really nice to show Eli sight words when I need to clean up after a meal. Finn also likes it. They say, Wave to Graham" and Eli waves. So cute. Since I have no talking children yet, it is fun. It is a real kid just talking in sentences and they show pictures. That is nice, it's like Eli's big brother...on a tv. We have also watched Mickey Mouse clubhouse a couple times, and I won't lie...the theme song is a little catchy...
9. Sometimes when you have two kids and the meal is over, you put their high chair trays on the floor and look away. And if your dog, let's say, hypothetically named Bella, happens to eat the leftovers...well then...it's less work for you later. After sanitizing and cleaning, you might find a hair still left on there...so I'm definitely not saying this is a good idea. Building up their immune systems....
10. The things you worried about when you only had one kid no longer matter. Super overprotective about the color socks they wear? no more. Super crazy about going to the doctor every time the kid breathes weird? No more. Now there are two. Now, it is survival mode :) Especially two right at the same age. Twins by choice is what I like to say. "What were we thinking"...i try not to say....
Good news: Kids get older. challenges change. This is a season. It's a fun season. I don't want to miss a moment of it!
Daughter of God. Wife to an amazing Army man, teacher to wild second graders, mom to two dogs named Buoy and Bella. Love decorating, thrift stores, baking, blog stalking, shopping, crafting, decorating and EXERCISE! I am trusting God to do big things in our life as we journey together.