With the addition of our son Alistair and the sum of our children currently holding steady at four, I am starting to notice the comfortable routines of our past are no longer applicable to our family today. The few quiet times that were once attainable with three children are now replaced with “ Daddy, I want to hold him, no I do; but daddy James got to hold him longer, Daddy, Elizabeth got to hold him longer…………..” For those of you who can remember, these are “Calgon, take me away” moments. My wife and I will soon have no choice but to pull a Forest Gump and RUN!
I suppose that really won’t happen so we’ll just have to find a new routine that works for us.
The call for change is upon my family. I noticed this not only when my bank statement came earlier this month, but also when I opened the medicine cabinet in the bathroom this morning. Although Alistair doesn’t brush his teeth just yet, it seems that we outgrew our toothbrush holder; now we have two of them. “Daddy, I want my toothbrush in the new one……AAAAAAAAAAAAAaaargh!
Quick Question: Am I the only one that gets frustrated when the kids’ toothbrushes don’t fit into the standard tooth brush holders. Damn you Hello Kitty, Damn you Lightning McQueen, Damn you Disney Princess, Damn you all to hell!
Ah, much better.
Since Amanda isn’t walking just yet (She’s coming along nicely and should reach that milestone shortly) I have found myself holding both her and Alistair at the same time which isn’t so bad unless they’re both crying; stereo sound, which in this particular situation is better than THX Surround sound 5.1 and/or 7.1. Robin has also figured out that grocery shopping now is best done in the evening when the kids are sleeping or I’m home than in the morning or afternoon when she has Alistair and Amanda.
Question #2: Do you think that if I invented a box that was colorful with cool designs and shapes and called it a “Kiddy Closet”, it would be socially acceptable to lock the kids in it for a couple of hours a day?
Moving right along…Oh wait, one more question:
Is it common for parents to consider alcoholism so that they can vacation at the Betty Ford Clinic? Just asking. My apologies to any recovering alcoholics out there who I just offended. You have to accept my apology, isn’t it one of the steps?
On a more serious note, things are bit hectic, but not out of control. My wife and I are searching for our new routines which are slowly being found. Kids in general are a lot of work whether you have 1 or 12. When people ask me how things are going now that I have 4, I’m just honest with them. I let them know how crazy things are and tell them some silly story about the day and then shrug it all off and say “Par for the course”.