Thursday, July 15, 2010

Things I am learning about my children

As with every journey in life there are always a few bumps in the road and a lot of emergency bathroom stops (when traveling with children).  So it is with my current trip as a SAHM (stay at home mom to the layman).  Each day there is a fork in the road, a construction zone or an out and out detour, but all the same I'm learning to roll with it all, mostly due to the therapeutic nature of alcohol.

Anyhoozer,  back to the topic at hand.  As a mother, the instant the child is placed in your arms you just know them.  You get them.  Even when they scream inconsolably at 6pm in the evening for the first few months of their lives you know it is because they can't think of anything else to do.  After all they've pooped, eaten and slept the rest of the freaking day.  So, you know, why not?

As they grow it is no different.  They start to find their little personalities and you learn what their little quirks are.  This is helpful information to document, by the way, not for posterity's sake, but in the event you are daring enough to leave them with the grandparents for a week you'll know what to tell them.

Kaylee has always loved reading.  It used to be she would snuggle up in my lap and put her fuzzy little head in my face so her hair would tickle my nose and I'd sneeze a thousand times while I read to her.  Now she pretty much reads out loud to me.  She's an easy kid, just get her books, paper, pipe cleaners or crayons and she's entertained. 

Brady loves anything with wheels or that bounces. Seriously, we have more balls in our house than the Chippendale Dancers. (can you tell I've been WAITING to use that line?!?!).  If it imitates the sound of a motor or can be kicked or thrown, Brady either has it, wants it, or I have already sent it to Goodwill because he forgot about it and he has too much crap laying around.

Kaylee is also a sensitive little monkey, she seems to get her feelings hurt so very easily and yet she can sure dish it out.  She'll make a great contestant on Big Brother on CBS someday.  Brady is also sensitive but doesn't turn on the waterworks very often.  Instead he uses his brute force to destroy stuff just to piss you off.  I had no idea we were related to Mel Gibson.

In many ways the children are Yin and Yang, how polar or seemingly contrary forces are interconnected and interdependent in the natural world, and how they give rise to each other in turn.  And in many other ways they are just kids and doing everything to make me crazy and then running up to hug me.  Blessed am I.

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