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Double trouble

May 10, 2008 - Erin O'Neill
And just when I thought life as a parent couldn't get anymore exciting, this weekend I had the unique opportunity to experience what it means to be a single parent of twins! On Mother's Day weekend no less.

Only briefly, mind you, did I have two toddlers to take care of by myself but it was interesting to say the least. My sister and her husband decided to take a mini vacation and my mother kept their son for the 4 or 5 days they were going to be gone.

On Friday night, mom and my nephew came home from Columbus and we attempted to go out to dinner. I was anticipating screaming and throwing of food but then I remembered ... our kids are awesome.

It helped that we went to one of those buffets where they have absolutely everything, the kids ate free and it was noisy anyway so a little toddler babble didn't matter.

The kids were pretty well-behaved despite my daughter, who has graduated to the big chair, trying to get down repeatedly. Oh, and neither one of them eating so well.

But there have been times in the past when we all attempted a meal out and it was a madhouse. A trip to the beach last year comes to mind. My daughter proceeded to get sick twice at 2 different restaurants during the trip. Not to mention the fact they were not yet 2 years-old, were just getting the walking thing down, and couldn't really communicate their needs. They were still really good, though, compared to some other kids I've seen in public. How did we get so lucky?

Oh there are times, believe me. Like when I attempted to give them both a bath this weekend (yes, I now have material to embarrass them in their formative years). One would pour water on the other and the other would scream or they wouldn't want to share toys.

Even though I hoped to be able to guilt trip my sister about going on a cruise, and I have earned new respect for parents of multiple children, there is a strange calmness in the house right now. It isn't so awful.

They've allowed me the chance to sit down for 10 minutes and write this blog without destroying the house too badly. I think it's pretty cool to watch them interact and I'm going to cherish it because they'll be grown before I know it.



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