By Heather O.
When I was newly married, my DH and I were, for some reason, hanging out in Utah, and, for some reason, had to bunk in the same room as my nephew. He was a toddler, and we snuck into the room after he was asleep in his crib. At the crack of dawn, he noticed we were there. And he made sure we noticed him.
He talked, he squawked, he cried. I must have been assigned to babysit him, because that’s the only reason I can think of as to why I pulled him out of his crib and pulled him into bed with me instead of running to get his mother. I assumed pulling him into bed with me and my beloved would make him quiet down again. Funny, funny, naive little newlywed.
He rolled all over us, kicked us, sat on us, and then ultimately slid out of the bed, taking the covers with him. I sighed the heavy sigh of the tired, put upon aunt, and said to my still dozing husband, “When we have kids, it’s going to change our entire lives.”
Dh retrieved the covers from the boy and, pulling them over his head, and said, “Yes. Let’s not have them for a while, kay?”
This morning, I walked into my house after having to get up before the crack of dawn to go for a run. I was met at the door by my toddler, who came running to me, arms outstretched, happily cooing my name. I picked her up as she giggled and wrapped her arms around my neck. I kissed her all over until she squirmed out of my arms and went back to her breakfast. My son proudly showed me the bow and arrows Dh has spent the last week or so making, and when I asked him why he wanted a bow and arrow so badly, he simply answered, “To be like Robin Hood.” Duh, mom.
Little Sister followed me up the stairs into my bedroom, chirping all the way and stopping only when she saw I was getting in the shower. She and her brother started wrestling on the bed, laughing when their dad joined the fray with a growl. I showered quickly, then kissed my husband goodbye as my children piled on top of me, and we watched a morning show together.
Yes, children have changed our entire lives. I don’t know how we lived without them for so long.
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