Thursday, February 9, 2012

My Two Under Two List

You know you're the mother of two under two when:

  • your finger seems to constantly smell like Desitin.
  • you've been on a continuous supply of prenatal vitamins since August 2009 because you've either been pregnant, nursing, or trying to get pregnant.
  • you wisely choose to not stay up for the fourth quarter of Thunder games, instead DVR-ing it and looking forward to watching it during your middle-of-the-night feedings.
  • the songs you hum in the shower have lyrics like "The horse says neigh--neigh neigh neigh!" 
  • You routinely find things in strange places and don't think it's strange at all. A toothbrush on the choo-choo tracks, goldfish crackers in the dishwasher soap compartment, and flip-flops in the broiler make perfect sense!
  • A concerned policeman rings your doorbell in the middle of the night, checking on you because you left your garage door wide open, your car in the driveway with doors open, and the keys in the ignition. He apparently doesn't realize that you have a newborn and a 20-month-old, which newly entitles you to endanger your home and yourselves when you arrive home late, get the kids to bed, collapse into bed yourselves, and forget the little things like locking up. This is TOTALLY made up, by the way...yeah...
  • You have two monitors sitting side by side on the nightstand, and when one lights up you both ask, "Which boy?" And when they are both lit up, you both sigh, take one lingering look at your bed, and leave it behind for the next hour.
  • You have subscriptions to diapers in size 3 and newborn, wipe refills, and travel wipes...and they all seem to need constant replenishing.
  • You have bras in four different sizes and you've used them all in the course of the past two years (with no surgeries, I might add!).
  • Even though you're tired, you realize that nap time is the only time to make headway on things that need to get done.
  • You realize how amazing your own parents and in-laws are, both because they are so helpful with your kids (if you're lucky) and also because you now understand how much work they put into YOU.
  • Every night before going to bed you open two bedroom doors and gaze in awe at two beautiful, sleeping boys in their beds...and you wonder about the mayhem that will ensue the next day, and also about how you got so lucky. 

***Note: While some of these items apply to me only, the word 'parent' can be substituted for 'mother' on many of them, as BJ feels the joy and pain of these things as well.*** =)

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