That's right. I'm now offering classes.
Want to ensure that your teenager doesn't become a young mom? Send her over my way and I'll guarantee you won't be a grandma for a long time, with the help of these cute little teacher associates:
Yesterday one of our youth girls joined me for the day since she didn't have school. After seeing...
- how I had to change outfits twice before leaving the house due to baby vomit
- how it takes roughly an hour just to get the kids bundled up and ready to head out the door
- how I ran into nearly every clothing rack in the stores trying to maneuver my enormous double stroller around
- how trying to eat with one hand while handling a squirmy baby can be a great weight-loss plan
- how being the sideshow at Old Chicago can be a little embarrassing, especially when your baby starts crying uncontrollably and you're pretty sure everyone's going to burst into applause when you finally get all 3 kids bundled back up and make your way out of the restaurant
- how fun it is trying to pile all 3 kids back into the car, making sure they're buckled in and have their water bottles so they're not crying about how thirsty they are all the way back home
... yes, after all these incidents (which of course are just part of a busy mom's daily life), plus many, many more "fun" mom-happenings throughout the day (like dirty diapers, messy faces, runny noses, etc., etc., etc.)....
The smart young teen told me she would never have babies, well... at least not for a long, long time!
One of her quotes of the day: "How in the world do you do this by yourself all the time?"
I didn't have an answer ready for her right then, but after thinking about it, I realize how: "Only by the grace of God." Seriously. I've had many times when I just didn't think I could do it. I just wanted to lie in bed all day and hide under the blankets and ignore my responsibilities. But then I remember Philippians 4:13: "I can do everything through him (Christ) who gives me strength." Even juggle 3 little ones.
Oh, and an update on the dairy situation from my last post... I don't think it's a dairy problem after all (Thank goodness, because I was really, really missing my good friends, cheese and ice cream!) And thanks to all of you who gave me some great advice or even just your sympathy.
Why this sudden change in diagnosis from his mother, who is completely educated in this area? (please note the sarcasm) Well, I've been googling (of course a very reliable source of information) and have seen over and over again that if babies are lactose intolerant, they have constant diarrhea, but Tate hasn't had that. He's had some runny diapers, but I think it's actually due to teething. Which could also explain the fussiness and drooling and spitting up.
Do you want some proof of his teething symptoms? No? Well too bad... here it is:
Constant drool. Cute, huh?
Hand always in the mouth. Chews on everything.
Wish I could get pictures of the white bumps coming in under his gums, but it makes him too mad. It's just weird to me that they're not the bottom front two, or even the top front two. I'm pretty sure they're the canines! Did any of your babies ever get their canines first? Does this seem odd to you?
Please let me know!
At least he still has his handsome little smile.