i can't believe how long it's been since i've sat down to write. so much has happened and it's hard to know where to start. so, i'll start with the obvious. three months ago today, i became a mama...again. the three-kid thing has kept me busy, to say the least. and starting work again a month ago adds a whole new layer of hectic to an already hectic life.
so, for the sake of just getting back into the blogging groove, i'm going to simply describe what is happening right now as i peck away with one hand on the computer: i am breastfeeding my youngest, putting my oldest's hair in a ponytail for soccer practice, and looking for a snack for the middle one. how am i doing all this you ask? i mean humans only come with two hands and two feet, right? (i say feet because, yes, yes, yes you have to use your feet when you have three. bedtime story with two and a fussy baby means you gotta bust out the bouncy chair and get to work...with your feet.)
i do stop typing (although now that i think about it, the feet really could have come into play right here). as the baby is attached to my boob, my oldest holds his head in place while i use both hands to tie her hair back as she faces me. done. cradling the nursing baby with my left arm, i reach for a banana with my right. dig my nails in the top (a little squishy banana never killed anyone), hold it with my one free right hand, and peel the sides down with my mouth. done. baby continues to nurse for 10 more minutes. burp him, he pukes. done.
and that, my friends, in a nutshell is my life with three. it's all about figuring out ways to fully utilize parts of my body that, beforehand, i didn't fully consider to be essential in the grand scheme of raising children (knees, feet and hips, for instance).
i often find at the end of a day, when i've been taking care of all three on my own, it feels much like the culmination of an extremely challenging sporting event. i walk down the quiet stairs of my house, hope they all stay the eff asleep, and then, finally, yes finally, hear the applause. i smile and take a bow. No one is there, but you better believe the gold is mine...all mine.