I love my girls. Sure, when I was younger I never thought I would want or have 2 kids under 2. Especially when I haven't even been married three years yet. However, my family is my world, and I wouldn't change the size or age of my family for anything. We always have our adventures.
Example: Going to the grocery store. This has never been one of my favorite tasks. Now I pretty much hate it. Figuring out how to maneuver a grocery store with two girls was a struggle. But I think I have it down. Oh, but I just told you I hate it. Why would I hate it? Because of all of the lame people!
I realize where I live that a family like mine is unusual. I'm used to the surprised looks. I'm fine with people asking the ages of my girls. We can be a bit of a spectacle. It is normal for me to hear someone comment on how cute #1 is, to then have them look with surprise when they realize there is a baby in a carrier right behind her. But really, friends. Can we work on a few things?
For example: Today I went to Aldi. It is a great grocery store with awesome prices. There are a few quirks for those of you not in the know. They don't bag your groceries. They take the food right off the belt, scan it, and put it back in the cart. Also, you have to "pay" a quarter to get a cart. You get your quarter back when you return the cart. We made it through the store with #2 in the car seat at the front of the cart, and #1 in the main part of the cart. She loved that I kept handing her new toys to play with. "Oh look! A box! And a can! And another box!!! My life is awesome!" (I'm pretty sure that is what she was thinking.) We even managed to buy eggs and get them home in one piece. (Well, 12 pieces.) While shopping I had quite a few of the normal comments I get. That's cool. #1 was squealing a lot. But she was super happy so I didn't stop her. It's not like we were at the library or anything. I heard (and I guess that there were more comments I didn't hear) one woman say under her breath "she could probably keep her kid under control if she didn't have two to deal with." EXCUSE ME? Who are you to say something like that? My girls were both being very well behaved. If you are allowed to make any noise, then so is my 18 month old.
When I went to return my cart I had both girls with me. It is getting hot here, #2 was asleep, and I knew if I put the girls in the car and when to return the cart #1 would scream and wake up her sister. The problem was, you can't get your quarter back if anything is in the cart. I pushed the cart to the return area and passed a couple that was smoking. "Oh, look how sweet" the lady said. "She is adora... wait! Is there another baby there?"asked the man. I smiled and told him that yes, there were two and they are both mine. He then proceeded to watch me struggle to return the cart while holding a squirmy toddler and a baby in a car seat. While I was doing this he commented that I, "must have a really hard time doing normal things like grocery shop with those kids." Huh. Ya think? Maybe you could put down your cigarette for a minute and return my cart for me? I realize that you may have had to step about three feet to do this, but that would have been much kinder than just watching me struggle and commenting about it.
Oh, and probably my favorite comment I get from people: "Did you know you don't have to have your kids so close together? There area ways to prevent that...." oh... gosh... I'm so embarrassed I didn't know that. I sure wish I had known you before so you could have imparted your great and wonderful wisdom earlier.
Maybe we should just be nice? Maybe you don't have to approve of the spacing of my children but you could just keep your opinion to yourself?
And just one more story. This last week Hod and I were out shopping for Mother's Day. He wanted to get me some jewelry with an emerald. Right after finding out the ages of the girls (18 and 3 months) the sales lady perked up and asked, "Oh, so do you want an emerald because that is their birthstone?" Ha! Nice math lady. But if this month is May and emeralds are the birthstone for this month.... how can an 18 and 3 month old have May birthdays? People are funny. At least she was nice. :)