Monday, May 05, 2008

A Baby Shower!

I was asked to be a part of a virtual baby shower for three wonderful bloggers who are all expecting their second child. The theme? Advice for moving from one child to a crowd of two. I was happy to oblige, and put the date down on my calendar.

Then a funny thing happened on Friday - my computer crashed. But I was too busy to deal with it, because it was time to pick up both my girls from school. It's a delicate dance, involving cell phone calls, inquiries about after-school activities and pick-up locations at two different schools. Kind of like a James Bond movie, but without the fast cars, martinis and international intrigue. Okay, maybe only the cars and the intrigue are missing.

I finally wrangled them back home, but by then it was time to hop back in the car and take off for an event we were scheduled to go to. This required me to go through my standard before-leaving drill, which consists of standing at the front door and yelling things like, "Did you brush your hair?" and "Do you have your bag?" and "Do you have a snack for the car?" Except with two of them, I have to yell everything twice.

When we got home, it was time to start the evening ritual: bathing, pajamas, teeth brushing. But first there's the arguing over who has to shower first, and then the accusations over someone wearing the other's pajama bottoms without asking, and then the bickering over the last strand of dental floss. I take two Advil, one for each of the two headaches I have.

When they're finally ready for bed, the hunt is on for the two books they were reading but have now mysteriously disappeared under an avalanche of stuffed animals and dirty clothes. I finally have to put an end to it by insisting they each pick out another book to read, just for tonight. There's grumbling, and it's loud since it's coming from the two of them.

But then? I get to hear "I love you." Twice. From my two beautiful girls. And I realize how lucky I am, and how great it is to have these two incredible gifts in my life.

And here it is, late Sunday night and I realized I still had to write a baby shower post, but my computer was still down. So here I am, on my laptop, writing this at 3am. Advice? The only thing I can think of right now is to get some sleep, and prepare to have everything multiplied by two, including, and most importantly, the love.


Head on over here to see how you can participate in the baby shower, and have a chance to win some great prizes donated by Cool Mom Picks while you're at it.

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  1. Isn't it amazing how you can love two people the most?

  2. aren't the little ones the best!!

  3. Awwww...what a sweet tribute to your girls.

    (my computer died on Friday, too - what's up with that? Is it a sign of the apocalypse?)


  4. Yes, the love. That's what I'm looking forward the most. My husband keeps focusing on how difficult our lives are going to become but I keep reminding him the love will be greater.

    Thanks for this, M.!

  5. And twice the chance that one of them will succumb and built you a granny flat in their garden when you are older.

    [Tenuous Connections is back at]

  6. What a cool thing to do! I wish I had some advice to share, but I have yet to have ONE child, sooo...but I think you're on to something with the 'double the love' concept.

    (Also, how cool that you interviewed Alicia Witt! Love those photos, too.)

  7. the virtual baby shower is a really cool idea!


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