three’s a crowd

life is crazy right now, but not nearly as crazy as I thought it’d be.  three under three isn’t that bad.  maybe it is and we just don’t notice because having babies in every corner of the house crying is normal to us.  our version of normal.

our version of normal is toddler-ville.  toys everywhere, screams, laughs, lots of running, food everywhere, lots of naked-ness, pacifiers (ban-yeas), books, trains, pixar films, no wanting to get dressed, milk calls in the middle of the night, 20 min to get out the door, bedtime battles, tons and tons and tons of laundry.

i’ve come to realize one thing.  babies are easy.  so freaking easy.  you have to get up at night? they cry? that’s about it.  they don’t move and they like to cuddle.  they are cute.  they are rarely sticky and wiping their nose on you.  well….that last one isn’t so true.

toddlers aren’t so easy.  i feel like i’ve been coasting through work and suddenly i have a new boss.  one that pays attention to every detail.  suddenly I have to step up my game.  manners, respect, colors, ABCs, riding a bike, being nice to your sister, sharing, oh so much to teach and learn.  and to clean.  as I speak stella is emptying every drawer in the kitchen (paying most attention to the pots and pans, oye-the noise levels in this house are deafening).

we don’t go anywhere very often because bringing all three is like traveling with a circus.  they are loud, wild, sticky and people stare at us.  so we stay home.  it’s easy to manage our chaos in under our own tent.  and I’m ok with the not going anywhere.  there will be plenty of time for dinner parties or movies.  someday there won’t be three snoring babies in cribs.  there won’t be someone waking us up at 6:30 asking for just a tiny cup of milk.

but I know that the years to come will bring even more challenges.  some I dread (the teenage years) and others I look forward to (the teenage years).  I will have to send them to school.  that will make me cry.  they will get their feelings hurt at some point, and that will make me cry.  we will move on from learning how to ride a bike to learning how to drive a car.  from ABCs to SATs.

so I try to treasure every moment of toddlerville.  because he’s only two for a year.  and that’s not long enough.


One thought on “three’s a crowd

  1. It’s true, you have to find the joy in the toddler age. Not that it’s hard to find it, of course, just that it’s easy to be overwhelmed too. And having 2 older kids reminds me how quickly this funny age goes, so I try to enjoy Parker’s antics more and worry less. Even now, we rarely go anywhere because with 3 boys, there’s always noise and touching everything and running, and some people just can’t handle that. So we hang out here or at the grandparents’ and just try to enjoy each other. I’m glad to hear y’all are enjoying yourselves too!

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