Thursday, March 20, 2014

The Gap...

No, I'm not talking about the clothing store.

I'm talking about the gap between my children.

12 months 2 weeks between number 1 and number 2.

1 minute between number 2 and number 3.

You would not believe the criticism I get when I go to the market (or maybe you can, because you are thinking the same things?) I have complete strangers walk across the length of the store when they see me, only to exclaim "WHAT WERE YOU THINKING?!?" or "WOW, I GUESS YOUR DONE HAVING KIDS" or in the most condescending way possible "LOOKS LIKE YOU HAVE YOUR HANDS FULL". Sometimes people just walk right into our bedroom (metaphorically speaking) "SO, YOU GUYS DON'T HAVE CABLE EH?" or "I GUESS WE KNOW WHAT YOUR HOBBY IS *raunchy giggle* " or "THERE'S THIS THING CALLED A CONDOM…"

I honestly want to answer these people in the kindest way possible, and help them to see how amazing it is, but some of them are just hell bent on ruining not only my day---but my entire future happiness with these babies.

"Well, you can manage now, but what will you do when they can all crawl or walk?"

"Better be prepared to buy three of everything, because they are going to drive you crazy fighting over toys!"

"If you are still sane in 17 years it will be a miracle"

Honestly, it's none of their business what we were thinking when we chose (yes, I said chose!) to get pregnant again so soon after Gideon. And I won't go into the reasoning with you either. But I do want you to get a glimpse into what my life is really like…

My house is literally hardly ever clean, and if it is, it's because we have company. Sometimes I spend multiple days in the same spit-up riddled pajamas. Two days ago I ate an entire sleeve of oreos for lunch. Today I forgot to even eat lunch. This is pretty typical for me, and if you looked at that information alone, yes, life is pretty miserable.

But there is one thing that makes up for all of it.

From the moment the girls were born, they, along with their brother, have shared a bond that extends beyond words...

The first time I held Annelise and Olivia together they reached out to each other to hold hands

This is the first time Gideon met his little sisters. He was very concerned that they weren't snuggled up enough.
He LOVES to hold his babies.

He would give them kisses even when his paci was in

One thing they all have in common? They LOVE their Daddy!

 This is when Gideon discovered that his babies had ears just like him!

Sometimes this is the only way to get things done

Here Annelise, let me hold that bottle for you!

It was bound to happen at some point!

First thing he does every morning when he sees them
There's enough room for everyone!

Gideon will get down on their level to play. 

Annelise just told Olivia a funny joke

Look at how he's holding those toesies!

Is it hard work? YES. Am I exhausted? YES. Would I ever ask for a bigger gap or a longer break? NOT IN A MILLION YEARS. These kids are right where they are supposed to be.


  1. Beautiful written & I believe every word of it! You are amazing, an inspiration, & totally prepared for motherhood & the responsibility of raising these three darling children & any future children you are blessed with! LOVE all the pictures. They tell their own story! Miss you!

  2. Well said! And as a mother of only one 7-month-old, I salute you. Keep staying positive!

  3. You amaze me. Thank you for sharing this, and you are doing the most important job in the world. What a precious family you have. I miss having you around MV, but I hope you are all doing well.

  4. Those pics are beautiful!!! You summed up motherhood succinctly- of course it's not easy, but it's more than worth it! Enjoy your adorable kids!!

  5. Thanks for sharing. I've been thinking similar things lately, announcing pregnancy number two, and getting varying reactions and MANY judgements on the "gap." Somehow in society the inconvenience of children has come to trump all of the other marvelous, wonderful, amazing parts of being a parent. Certainly not always convenient but I appreciate you speaking out on the but totally SO worth it side!

  6. Thanks for all of your love and support, it means the world to me!