Sometimes people misunderstand my snarky tone. I hope I can write well enough that everyone understands my intentions. My intentions are to convey the absurd in my daily life. I want to be truthful. The truth is:
1) I love my kids. This is indisputable. Everyone loves his or her kids. Every parent wants to do his or her best for the children. If I wrote a blog about that, it would be really boring.
2) What I do is really hard: There are only 2 people on the whole planet, besides myself, who have done this job alone all day (my husband and a friend from church). Usually it takes 2-3 grandparents to replace me for a day. Having three children under three, or three children in diapers, does not occur often in nature. Number 2 does NOT NEGATE number 1.
3) What I do is really ridiculous: My daily life is absurd. It’s weird. It’s crazy. Normal people do not live this way. If I didn’t find humor in what is happening here, I would crack. I might literally crack in half from being tense. Number 3 does NOT NEGATE number 1.
My blog is trying to tell the truth about numbers 2 and 3. I have mothers all over the world messaging me about how grateful they are that I am telling the truth. I have infertile women all over the world telling me that they are sobbing while reading my story because someone finally understands them. I have friends telling me they are crying with laughter or crying with tears at something funny or sad that I wrote. How are we supposed to help others if we don’t tell the truth? How can we relate to others if we don’t show our weaknesses?
If you have read my “about me” page, you know all this already. I have overcome trials as we struggled to build our family- some of which include infertility, miscarriage, adoption, IVF, carrying twins, and almost dying. I want to tell my children what it was really like to “acquire” them. It was hard, sad, funny, ridiculous, embarrassing, and wonderful. I also want to record what these early days were like for us. Soon enough, they will be in school, and none of us will really remember these painfully beautiful and painfully hard days. I have a bad memory, and I am seriously sleep-deprived – both of which indicate that I will not remember the majority of what is happening here.
A friend of mine has a sign on her wall that says, “The days are long, but the years are short.”
This blog is written for my children. A question I answered in my “What Happens When You Start Blogging” post was, “Why are you writing in a public forum if the information is really for your children?” The answer is that I have discovered that I am incapable of keeping a private journal for them – I just don’t make the time. However, when I am blogging, I know I have followers who are waiting for my new posts. I currently have just shy of 1500 followers. People tell me that they eagerly anticipate the email notification that I have posted something new. That knowledge is excellent motivation to keep writing. So, yes, this information is recorded for my children, but you readers are the motivation. And I thank you for that!
With all that cemented, let me set the record straight by doing something I never do: brag about my children. Here are some amazing things about them… just so you know they are loved. wink wink.
My oldest son (R, age 4):
- Has a very long attention span
- is obedient, despite tantrums
- has excellent motor skills, both fine and gross
- can recite some scripture stories and knows how to pray
- can talk about Jesus and Heavenly Father
- is very thoughtful
- has favorite foods that include salmon, blueberries, falafel, quinoa, and veggie juices
- doesn’t know what a “Happy Meal” is (even though he loves french fries, I admit)
- does not watch TV (but does watch a limited selection of DVDs)
- does not know how to manipulate any sort of smart phone, computer, or device (this is my choice)
- protects his babies from all sorts of dangers
- has an above-average vocabulary (according to a speech therapist) and even understands a bit of Farsi
My middle son/oldest twin (E, age 16 months):
- looks exactly like my husband’s baby photos, but with lighter eyes and hair
- is a hugger. He will even pause to hug the stairs, the wall, or a boot
- has a lower lip that slays me
- rubs two fingers together when he is nervous
- is much larger than almost all singletons his age
- is already learning to share and take turns, because he has no choice
- has favorite foods that include avocado (he can eat a whole one every day), eggs (he can eat 3), salmon, falafel, and plain yogurt
- does not watch TV
- knows a small amount of sign language and says many words
My youngest son/youngest twin (G, age 16 months):
- looks exactly like my baby pictures, but with darker hair and eyes
- is quick and sneaky, like a ninja – or a chess player.
- has the most kissable head… His oldest brother calls him “baby doll head” (he made that up)
- was in charge in the womb and is in charge now
- is much larger than most singletons his age, but is way smaller than his twin
- has favorite foods that include all the same healthy foods that his brothers like
- does not watch TV
- knows a small amount of sign language and says some words
I love my kids (duh, boring), and what I do is really hard and really ridiculous. There you have it. The record is straight.