Sweet photography here, I know. Once again, I forgot my camera so I had to use my phone to get a picture of my little nuggets, all in a row at dinner tonight. I was a little nervous going to a place we’ve never taken them before, but it worked out pretty well! We went early of course to beat the rush (although it was still busy, they were able to have a table ready for us when we got there.) When I first saw how the chairs were arranged, I wasn’t sure it was going to work because I usually sit next to them- there was no way to do it because the other side of the table was bench seating and there was another table right next to it . They did so well though, all by themselves on one side. We just fed them from across the table. Apart from a little spoon-banging incident at the end of the meal, they were perfect angels the whole time.
My favorite part of the meal was when the servers came out clapping, doing the birthday song for someone, and all three babies starting clapping too. I almost cried for a second it was so adorable. I swear, they get more and more fun every single day!!
And now, an exciting announcement: I have been nominated for mother of the year..sorta. It’s a Blog award.. and these are the rules:
1. admit that ONE thing you feel awful about involving being a mom. get it off your shoulders. once you’ve written it down, you are NO LONGER allowed to feel bad. it’s over with, it’s in the past. remember, you’re a good mom!
2. to remind yourself that you ARE a good mom, list SEVEN things you love about your kids, you love doing with your kids, or that your kids love about you. these are the things to remind yourself of EVERY DAY that you rock!
So, here are my answers..
1. Honestly, there are many things that I feel awful about. I tend to second guess myself a lot and feel guilty about every mistake I ever make. But one that sticks out in my head when I think of this is that I feel like I might be a little overprotective with them… People are always saying I should be doing this or that with them, or giving them certain foods that I’m not doing yet, and it makes me feel like a paranoid, neurotic mother. I don’t want to be that way, but I don’t necessarily think that other people know what’s best for my kids better than I do either, so I’m a little torn in this area. But, the rules of this deal say I can’t feel bad about it anymore so, that’s that.
2. SEVEN things that I love about my kids or about being a mother.. well, there are about 7 million things I could write here..
1. The smiles and giggles I hear on the monitor when they wake up in the morning… tiptoeing up to the door to peek in at them before they see me, then opening the door to see their smiley faces, bouncing up and down in their cribs..
2. When I cook something for them to eat, and they actually enjoy it. Sounds kind of simple but with my sporadically picky boys, you never know if they are going to eat what you put in front of them.
3. Seeing them accomplish new things (which happens just about every day now.) Hearing Ben say “hewooooooh”, seeing Lily “score” a goal (see yesterday’s post), and watching Cameron learn to toddle just absolutely make my day.
4. I love passing on little things that my mom said or did with me, to my kids. I sing “You Are My Sunshine” to them because it’s what my mom sang to me. (She also has a little tactic we called “Fire in The Eyes” which was her final-warning look when you were misbehaving, that I plan to incorporate when they get older. hehee, just kidding, maybe).
5. Another simple thing, but I love dressing them. Not so much the act of dressing them, as they are the squirmiest children alive, but picking out their cute little outfits, is a blast. And then taking 7,000,000 pictures of them in it.
6. I love when we go out in public and I get compliments about how well-behaved they are. I am so proud to of them, even when they aren’t as well-behaved.
7. I love the challenge of motherhood.. and it sure is a challenge. I love having a reason to be a better person, and do a better job at everything I do. It’s more responsibility than I ever imagined but I am so happy and proud to have it.