I’m sitting here in too much silence, drinking coffee that I have not yet “cheers’ed!” with a plastic cup full of orange juice. I haven’t changed a diaper in 24 hours, and I did not read “Mighty Mighty Construction Site” before I went to bed last night. And I really don’t feel quite complete without a rousing game of war with my favorite 5 year old, or playing “excavator” with a rambunctious 3 year old. And I certainly did not get newborn snuggles this morning after getting the other 2 off to school.
This past week I spent with my best friend (and roommate from college) as she and her husband welcomed baby boy #3 to their family. I have watched from afar and listened to stories of “Mom Life” from Rachael for the past several years, but aside from a quick visit last fall, I had no idea what life really looked like in a house full of excitement and boys. People have asked if this week was a dose of birth control, but I have to admit that after spending 4 days with Rachael and her clan of testosterone, I’m feeling quite the opposite.
For any family of multiple children, and especially for those with multiple boys, here are the 8 things I learned from a Mom of 3 Boys:
- Construction vehicles are constantly under foot, and one can never have too many tools.
- Breakfast time is reserved for those strong of heart, and can only be accomplished with multiple adults.
- Look away for 2 seconds, and happy play between brothers can turn into World War 3. And then just like that, best friends again.
- I SUCK at quick diaper changes. One must be much faster. Oh, and always cover the goods or you can be surprised mid-change….
- A middle-of-the-bed-time-book kiss on the cheek releases more endorphins than a 5 mile run.
- Pick and choose your battles.
- Reproductive anatomy is a tricky (and funny) subject….
- Time quickly flies, and little boys become young men. One can never kiss or hug or love on little ones too much.
I’m obsessed with the little ones in my life, and Rachael’s babies and my nephews have stolen my entire heart. I’m not ready for motherhood, but I’ll learn all I can and love on the babies in my life and never take a minute for granted.
Happy Friday, all.