Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Things I did not know before children.

Long ago I babysat children.  I had cousins and friends with siblings.  I worked for a pediatric ENT.  Totally ready for that whole having kids thing.  Right?  I knew nothing everything about raising kids. After having three boys here are some things they have taught me. 

Baby proofing the house is not physically possible.  You can make it somewhat safer for the child, but the house and furniture will never be the same.  Those child locks on the door will not protect the contents from twins.  They are perfectly capable of tag teaming the door, at 16 months old, and ripping the door off the hinges. 

Banana pudding when flung on wooden mini blinds and kitchen walls is there to stay.  Years later you will still find spots you missed even though you cleaned for five hours.

Never walk away from a toddler who is eating banana pudding.  That two minute potty break is not worth the hours of cleaning.  Also never walk away from a toddler who is potty training.  Enough said!

Boys enjoy crashing into each other for no apparent reason.  They will do this even though it hurts and you tell them to stop.  Broken collar bones are very obvious.

Stores are amazing hiding places for small children.  When you let go of a toddler's hand to pick something up they will be gone in an instant, especially if there is more than one.  People seldom want to get near the hysterical mother screaming children's names in stores.  But they will give you dirty looks and talk bad about you to your face. 

People love stopping you to look at your adorable twin babies.  They just don't like opening doors so you can push the shopping cart  and the stroller through the door while holding onto the third child's hand. 

It is socially acceptable to grasp with both hands, a stranger's pregnant belly.  It is also acceptable to ask  a perfect stranger if twins run in her family or if she took meds or had an invitro-fertilization to produce the twins.

Screen windows are not effective after pencils and hot wheels are driven through them.  Screen windows are also not that cheap to replace. 

Flat paint does not scrub well.  No matter what the brand.

A freshly eaten Oreo will leave evidence when you bite the back of your brother's school shirt right before you leave for school.

Nerf battles take over the whole house.  Bullets can stick to curtains and they will be found under the couch cushions and in the pantry.  Don't ask how, just trust me, they will.  

Cute foam, child sized furniture will turn to mush when children use it as landing pads.  That $300 Pottery Barn couch will be a shapeless puddle of fabric within six months.  That is why I smiled when I bought it for $25 at the outlet. 

Resale and consignment shops are your friend!  You may not ever have clothes to sale after three boys wear them but spending $5 on a pair of dress slacks feels a lot better when the kid shreds them after falling over his brother the first time he wears them. 

Bicycle helmets are a necessity!  They will save your child's life and at least prevent concussions. 

Boys are not quiet, neat or safety conscious.  They do however love their mother above all else.  They will open car doors, house doors and carry in groceries twice their size just for a smile and a kiss.  Neighbor boys will also do those things just because you treat them the same as your own children. 

It is possible to love multiple children just as much as the first child and the love grows stronger each day.

It is possible to be scared out of your mind one minute and full of joy the next.  Children do that to you.  Raising children is worth the work.  Watching helpless infants turn into loving, smart, resourceful young men is better than any Hollywood blockbuster.  I wouldn't miss this show for the world.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

So many experiences you've had with the boys you will never be at a loss for stories. Underlying each story is the passionate love you have for your family. I enjoy your writing very much.

Carole Ann