Motherhood,  Toddlers

I’m Drowning in 3-Year-Olds (And Elsa Perfume)


You know what I’m quickly finding out when it comes to writing a blog about motherhood? Motherhood itself makes it pretty difficult to stop and blog about it. My design blog has always been a kind of mental escape for me. But, stopping in the middle of mothering to actually write about mothering? It’s not always on my list of things to do for the day. I have lots of thoughts and stories to share, but by the time I sit down to write them, another crisis always arises.
For example, as I was just writing that first paragraph, I had to stop because of the wailing sounds I heard coming from the top of the stairs. Not “that’s not fair” kind of wailing, but wailing like someone had lost a limb or found-a-dead-animal-in-their-bed kind of wailing. Alas, it was almost as serious. The twins had decided it was a good idea to submerge their older sister’s new American Girl doll under water (“she was dirty”), and my devastated nine-year-old swears that putting the head under water will cause the doll’s blue eyes to turn gray. Huh?! Is that even real?
Anyway, onto the next drama-filled moment. . . I know it’s coming in just a minute.
Honestly, when the ultrasound tech told us we were having twins, I only thought of the difficulty of having two newborns. I’m here to tell you that was nothing compared to having two three-year-olds. I often refer to them as “destroyers of the universe” because if there’s something to ransack, they will find it. While I was getting dressed yesterday, they managed to pour a bottle of “Frozen” perfume out in the bathroom (you can only imagine what a room full of Elsa’s scent must smell like) and put nearly a whole tube of Chap Stick on their faces. I’ve learned that I will end up paying dearly for every few minutes of “peace”I have.
So, that’s what I’m doing and what’s going on with this blog. I know all of these things will strike me as super funny when I look back on them one day. Now, if I can only find the time to write them down so I’ll remember any of it.
(image by Hart to Hart Digital Photography)

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