Dec 23, 2008

Twos



The boys are exactly 2 and 1/2 years old today. And it was exactly 2 years and 1 month ago, on Thanksgiving Day, that we laid live eyes on our boys in the flesh and knew they were real. Up until that point I had my doubts. I looked and felt awful just before we met; my nervous face is not pretty. But they--my Jah but they were cute babies. I was so embarrassed because I had never changed a diaper in my life. Jerry had to show me how to pace and bounce baby when he cries. All that stuff was easy to learn and some sort of instinct seemed to come out of me--from nowhere. I can't believe this will be our third Christmas together.

Two years ago . . .


In the last two years the hardest of all was somewhere in the late teen months when clingy anxious took over two of the three (and left by the 20 something months). The best of all has been getting to know them; discovering more about each boy's personality everyday. He's the sweet little bug, He the mad dasher, and He the ornery particular one (formerly known as the follower, the fussy one, and the smiley one). Will my labels stick or will they surprise me? I can't wait to learn more . . .

One year ago . . .


They are good boys. They can scream and kick and act awful in a grocery store, restaurant (I have a doozey of a restaurant story for you--for now I'll say no more restaurants for long time to come), but I am left for no wants when it comes to sweet lovin. Give me that smile, those arms around me, watch these babies wiggle around in a wrestle grip together, and what more could I ask for? And except for grocery stores and restaurants, two is not really so terrible. It's not as rosy-cheeked and rolly-polly as baby, but it's way more laughs. And they just get cuter and cuter and cuter . . . and life feels harder since we hit two, but fuller and more satisfying.

Happy Holidays everybody. May your life be hard in good ways.

16 comments:

Nancy said...

Happiest of holidays to you all too! What a full life you have. I can imagine there are many days that are quite hard for you and Jerry and it is wonderful that you can get beyond being overwhelmed to embrace the compounded joy.

You and Jayme are my mommy heroes. Having multiples at toddler age is a hard place to be especially when you are limited by winter and toddler friendly places to go.

I love the photos of them in the wagon and the baby legs.

Melissa said...

Happy Christmas Cindy,

When my guy was little, I wanted him to stay small and cuddly and gummy-smiling, but it is true -- they keep getting better!. Have a great holiday.

lmstephenson said...

I had the joy of experiencing the first time my cousin's wife took her triplets to a restaurant. The triplets and Candace had just turned two. Boy, did we get some attention that day. Let me warn you, in my experience, three year olds bring much more excitement.

Ruth said...

So I think your boys are almost exactly 2 years older than Nadia as she turns 6 months old tomorrow. Merry Christmas to you five!!! :-)

kristine said...

Love this beautiful post! Thank you.

Meg DeZutti said...

Cindy & Jerry -- I just LOVE your boys. They are amazing. And you have documented their story -- your story -- so poetically, so beautifully. I hope Gregg and I can be 1/2 the parents you are, when we finally bring Sam home.

Cindy said...

Cute Cindy! Happy Holidays!

Cherise said...

You don't know me but I've been following your blog for awhile. I'm not even sure how I found you, but I've been addicted. This post made me tear up. I've got a little girl almost the same age (born 7/3/06). And though she's only one kid, she does a lot of the things you describe in your boys. Your little guys are just too adorable for words. I want to hug them every time I see pictures!

jayme said...

Merry christmas to all of you! This year my wish is that we will finally get to meet and all 5 of our kiddos will play happily together with no fighting and no crying. (a girl can dream, can't she?)

MoonDog said...

may I ask what agency you used and your opinions of them? Hoping to adopt in the near future and hear so many conflicting stories about agancies.

Amber said...

Your triplets are beautiful.

Mama Papaya said...

Happy twos for three and merry new year to you.

Malia'sMama said...

Hadn't been here in forever! They are still stinkin' cute!! :)

Lauren said...

The cart pic is super cute.

Alisa N. said...

So freakin' cute luv those baby legs!

Easties and Co. said...

Oh, I love it! What fantastic pics and yes 2's are awesome and crazy, and I certainly can't imagine 3 of them...but even more joy and crazy, right?! :)