I was thinking about it the other day, and I am thirty-three with a three-month-old and a three-year-old. It’s not scientific but it seemed fun to think about. I had planned to do a post about ‘checking in’ with having a three-month-old and three-year-old, then realized I’ve got a couple of threes going on. That has to mean something….besides that that will never happen again.
The more I think about it, though, the more I realize I’m kind of obsessed with numbers. Josh and I got engaged on New Year’s Eve in 2008, which meant it was planning time, baby. I love to plan events (maybe more so before kids), and ended up planning our wedding, my high school 10 year reunion, and a Celiac walk all within the following nine months. I was in planning heaven!
I had no idea how important this month would be. When thinking about wedding dates AND trying to find venues, I was drawn to a particular date in September. For some reason, nine has always been a favorite number of mine growing up, so subconsciously that was engrained in my brain when I stumbled across September 19, 2009 (09/19/09). I thought that was the perfect date to get married and later found out it was Josh’s grandmother’s birthday!
Let’s just say Josh is a very easy-going guy, which you have to be with a girl like me, because he let me pick our wedding date-the week after my birth date-September 10th. Fast forward four years later and we have the birth of our second daughter, Sophia, on the 28th. Now that I think about it, Sophia Audrey shares the same birth month as her namesake-Audrey was Josh’s grandmother’s name who passed away last year.
Okay, so I know it’s a stretch and probably confusing, but the point is that there are a lot of threes going on at this moment. And now I am
surviving living with a three-month-old and three-year-old.
I’m not sure what Josh would say if you asked him how it’s going three months in with two girls, but I’ll tell ya.
It’s been pretty crazy over the past three months-but not unbearable. Sophia (who is like Josh) is a very easy-going baby and rarely ever cries. Emma (who is like me), on the other hand….woo doggy, I don’t think people were kidding about the 3s being worse than the 2s. I thought we were in the clear sailing through the 2s, but the 3s have slapped me in the face and put me back in my place.
I have never seen fits like I’ve seen with this girl! I try to remain calm when dealing with Emma, but there are days when Love and Logic goes out the window and all bets are off. Luckily, I have a couple of things I can try to help with the raging fits, like my placenta, but man oh man, there are days when I want to throw in the towel. God Bless those parents with multiple kids throwing fits all.the.time.
Now I will say, I’m glad Emma’s always been gluten-free, as I hear cutting gluten out CAN help with behavioral issues. So, if it’s not the food, then what in the world is it? I’m sure it’s some psychological explanation of what they’re going through, but I just need to figure out how to keep my sanity up in here.
That’s not to say Emma isn’t a sweetheart 90% of the time, because she is. She loves to check on her sister and see how she’s doing. Emma will read Sophia books and show her her toys while singing her a song. She will also run and grab me something when I ask, and randomly clean up the living room full of her toys or clear out the dishwasher without even asking. So, some days it’s like, WHO IS THIS AWESOME KID and other days it’s like, WHO IS THIS CRAZY KID?? When I have it all figured out, I’ll let you know.
For now, I am truly enjoying these two sweet girls, and definitely counting my blessings! Sophia just hangs out, chews on her fingers (thanks to teething), and is starting to ‘talk.’ I think the girl has already figured out it’s gonna be hard to get a word in edgewise with a magpie sister running around!
What about you? Are you a numbers person or have any weird coincidences with ages/dates/etc? Hopefully I’ll survive these things in threes while figuring out how to keep my sanity…