By Kristen Eriksen
In reality, this list could be a top 100, but I am trying to be brief. All who know me know that brevity is not my strong point, but here it goes!
Before I was blessed with my twins, I had a lot of experience with children. I have 10 nieces and nephews, and worked for six years in Early Intervention with children aged three and under. I have seen many an unruly child, shall I say, and have seen my share of tantrums. I thought I had all the answers on how to handle all obstacles. Then I began raising my twins. I have learned more in these last four years. Many parents have said something to the effect of
“I have created a monster.”
I truly feel that we all learn how to best handle the “monster” that we are given. I feel badly for judging what I have seen others do (well, within reason, of course). On the same topic, I recently read a great blog at www.huffingtonpost.com about judging parents.
Who did I think I was anyway? I can’t believe that I………
- Wiped snotty noses on my sleeve, and even my bare hand!!! Gross!
- Left a potty in my van for about a year when potty training was “new.”
- Bought a minivan (although I must say, I love my van!)
- Used a crib tent, complete with zippers, on Ben’s crib since he was ready to dive out of the crib at a year old. When I worked in EI, I had several families use these. I was shocked! All I saw was a cage, and a safety issue, since you zip the child in their crib. I must say, I slept so much better knowing that he couldn’t fall out and he actually slept better, too. I think it was like a little womb for my little boy.
- Have not had to bring Ben to the ER for a broken bone…………yet.
- Opened a package of bologna and cheese in Wal-Mart to feed my kids lunch while shopping.
- Have left the house without a shower, without makeup, without looking in the mirror. I have scared myself when I get back and see myself in the mirror!
- Have gone to “Big League Cuts” for MY haircut. Now, I am not a high maintenance female (as far as cosmetic items go) but this is pretty sad! A girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do!
- Can clean, tidy and organize all day, just to have my house look like a tornado just hit!
- Even with all the craziness of parenting twins, I can’t believe how happy my babies can make me in an instant, with a smile, a word or a simple “I love you.”
The work is overwhelming, and exhausting. The change in life is so extreme. The happy, loving, proud feelings I get as I watch them grow are also overwhelming and extreme! It all good!