Tuesday, March 22, 2011

And you thought eating just one Lay's potato chip was hard

We are about two weeks away from the twins' first birthday, and I don't want to be premature on calling this, but it appears as though we will all actually live to see that day.  I have been fortunate to read a lot of insightful posts reflecting on lessons learned about raising twins through the first 12 months of life.  This will not be one of those posts.  Instead, I created a list in the hopes of normalizing what new twin mommies are going through, and giving the rest of the world a glimpse into this challenge.

So here it is: Ten things that are easier than surviving the first year of parenting multiples.

1. Earning 100% on every quiz, test, and paper in an advanced college organic chemistry class.

2. Finding the perfect birthday gift for your sister/BFF/mother/grandma who already has everything and has returned every present you bought her for the past 10 years.

3. Becoming fluent in Kamassian, an extinct language of Russia whose last native speaker died in 1989.

4. Painting your toenails and fingernails, with accuracy, while sitting in complete darkness next to a humming bee's nest.

5. Losing the last 20 10 pounds of baby weight.

6. Convincing your 3-year-old that he doesn't really want to watch Little Einsteins for the umpteenth time, but would instead be happier catching the latest episode of What Not To Wear.

7. Identifying all symbolic objects and allegorical relationships in the book "Lord of the Flies" without buying Cliffs Notes or consulting Wikipedia.

8. Fitting into your skinny jeans, when you have your period and just polished off an entire can of Pringles (washed down with some Coke and a bag of Reese's Peanut Butter Cups).

9. Composing a blog post, with actual sentences that make actual sense, when you've had 4 hours of uninterrupted sleep only a handful of times in the past year.

10. Finding true and everlasting love as a contestant on The Bachelor.

And because it's easier than writing actual sentences that make actual sense, now some photos.



MrsSpock said...

Cheers to surviving the first year!

Meredith said...

Congratulations Sunny!!! I love your list and these pictures are the best!

Kristina P. said...

It's sure a good thing they are cute, then!

IF Optimist, then... said...

Two things:

1. Amen

2. Cute, cute, cute pictures.

Mary said...

Hang in there Mama, it really does get easier I promise. . . congrats on surviving the first year!!

Michele said...

It's tough but it does get easier... and the adorableness and great kisses are worth it all :)

Denise said...

Dang, your boys are cute! I especially love the one of the littles crying in the tub. Classic. Happy birthday to Nix and Gax! But more importantly, contrats on making it through the first year! It is truly a wonderful accomplishment.

Mrs. Gamgee said...

wow... a year already? I love the post, and can relate to much of it, even tho I only have the one wee girl.

Adore the pics!

WiseBursche said...

Congrats for surviving and thriving!

I hated Lord of the Flies. We had that as a textbook in college and I normally love reading books but I just could swallow this one. Thankfully, my classmated made it a point to hanker and harrass the course teacher, and that was the sole attraction of sitting alert through the class.

I agree with your opinion on The Bachelor. I am not sure how tough parenting multiples is, but I am uber-sure that love is the last thing coming out of that show.

Okay, I may not really have done well academically, but I loved organic chemistry and experiments with Carbon-containing compounds. I had a record on bursting test tubes.

Stef said...

I think you can start to celebrate! I always say the 1st birthday is the celebration for Mom and Dad "we made it and our kid is still alive!" but for multiples... I'll have to come up with a whole different saying! I'll let you create it ;-)

The boys (all 3 of them) are SO cute and getting so big! We need to get together!

rocket.queen. said...

Congrats on surviving. I've still got 3 months to go.

I'd like to add "Parallel parking a mack truck" to the list as well.

Also, I spy Agate LE Didy. Gorgeous.

Sunny said...

@rocket.queen: That is a Agate, impressive that you recognized it. Wrong-side out and all.

No one seems to have noticed that Gax is cooking with Elmer's Glue, however. The meal turned out well, but it really stuck to our insides.

Anonymous said...

THANK YOU so much for the post and pictures. The boys are all so very, very cute, and happy!!

I did notice the elmers glue next to the mixer....too funny.

Enjoy the birthday celebration.

Love, Aunt Lynn

Jen said...

I think that may be my favorite post on the challenge of parenting twins. And how exactly can it have been a year? I ask myself that every time I look at Hayden.

Jamie said...

Love it!

I can't believe how much one of the twins looks like Bean!

You've almost made it! It does get better! Promise!

Anonymous said...

lol. great list. and great pics.

you have a pile of balls at your house? it's like chuck e cheese! :)

Sarah said...

Baby bloggers!!! So cute. Love the photos and congrats on the home stretch! I loved your list, hilarious!

Xilan said...

I've yet to try the double sided linens but I'm well versed on the Didys LOL. I'm partial to Zaras myself, though I do love my linen indios.

LOL @ cooking with elmers!

Xilan said...

eek! It signed me in with my OTHER google account. This is rocket.queen ROFL

Coffeegrljp said...

You are too funny!! I love the pic of the kiddo on the counter with the big bowl of...cookie dough maybe? Looks like fun!