One night a few months ago, the family was sitting around the table enjoying a nice weekend meal at home. Because my husband has a long commute and frequently doesn’t get home until late on weeknights, the weekends are the one time we can all eat together.
We were laughing and enjoying each other’s company when my five year-old just got up from the table and nonchalantly walked to where I was sitting. He then proceeded to spit out the contents of his mouth into my hand. For some unknown maternal reason my hand instinctively opened up. My husband looked up at me and without missing a beat said, “And we thought we would never go anywhere exotic.”
We have been exploring the jungle’s of parenthood for 12 years now. Everyday I am amazed and in awe of how each day can bring something so completely different from the next.
We have experienced such great joy. Watching our first son in utero dance around on the sonogram with the sound of his strong heartbeat in the background. Made all the more joyful since we had experienced previous pregnancies when the sonograms showed no heartbeat.
Seeing our daughter emerge with a huge shock of black hair and a scream that could shatter glass, knowing that at last our son was a brother.We were a family.
And laughing with complete delight when we found out we were having another boy after thinking our baby days were over. Having the wonderful feeling that someone was listening to our secret wish of having three, beautiful children.
Then there are the times when we questioned our ability to care for these precious people.
I will never forget the time my six foot husband took our first baby, then only six months, out of his crib. The “fly to mommy game” may have gone better if there hadn’t been a ceiling fan in the nursery. I can still hear the sound of my precious baby’s head as it hit the ceiling fan.
“Kathy, look at the baby,” my husband said, in panicked voice.
“I am not looking if he has no head,” was my hysterical response.
When my husband spoke with the pediatrician a short time afterward she said she knew it was a new father when she got the message: Baby hit head on ceiling fan.
Many a sleepless night has been spent tending to sick children or worrying over milestones not reached. There is nothing quite like being covered in toddler vomit to strengthen a marriage.
We have had weeks of panic as we have had to endure the wait of possibly devastating test results for our daughter. And we have had the frustration of sitting in a specialist’s office only to be told they have never seen anything like our daughter and her still undiagnosed neurological disorder.
We have become partners in the truest sense of the word. We are the only two people in the world who know how the other one feels when it comes to our children. Laughter and tears have their own meaning in our world.
Little did I know, 19 years ago this Valentines Day, that when I said “yes” to marriage I was starting on a journey to a place more exotic than any jungle we could find on a map.
And these joys will go on and on, even after they leave home and build nests of their own. Having children is a great, joyful and inspiring adventure that lasts a lifetime.
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Thank you for returning the visit. I love your blog. Happy Valentines Day!
Kim from The Sheep's Nest says
Very well put! Love to you and the family for Valentine’s Day!
Thank you Kim, it means so much to me that you read and post each week!! Hope you all have a great Valentine’s Day! Much love!
Congrats for staying married that long. I hope you had a great Valentine’s Day. I’m following you from MBC. Check out my blog sometime and follow back!
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New follower from the MBC Simply Follow group, looking forward to reading more of your great blog. Have a great evening!
Thank you both for reading and following I appreciate the support! I just joined MBC today and am having fun reading and finding such great moms and blogs! Thank you!
I love your blog–pretty and full of great stories. I’m following from MBC-feel free to check out my blog.
That is a cute story! Thanks for stopping by
Crunchyish Mama says
Awww! So sweet and so true! New follower from MBC!
Ohh so true! Thank you for sharing your adventures!
Thank you all for reading and posting, the support means so much to me!
So true!! New follower here. Great Blog!!
Cute blog! It is fun to read the life and times of another family of five who would rather laugh through life’s little adventures than cry or scream about them.
Carolee Sperry says
Wow- 19 years…congrats!
ids are such a joy and yet such a frustration 🙂
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Thank you for reading and posting. I really appreciate the support! The nice thing about writing about my family is that there is always material! Thanks again!
sandbox gems says
Hello! A fellow SAHM, just popping in from MBC! I am now following. What else are moms for but to stick that hand out and catch the contents of little one’s mouths! Ah, I can relate!
Little did I know that was part of the job description!! Thanks for reading, posting and following!
Thanks to all my new MBC friends! It’s great to have the support!
Very nice post 🙂 I have only been in this jungle for two years, but I can relate to so much that you have written. The story about your husband hitting your baby on the fan made me laugh and shake my head because it is something that my husband did too, but our son was almost a year!
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SoMo Mom says
This is such a great, heartfelt post!! I recently wrote something similar to my hub on his 40th birthday… professing your love to your spouse on a blog for all to read is better than any card you can give!