My sons’ father and I had the most brilliant idea: let’s have our children close together so that we get the child bearing out of the way in the first part of our relationship.
Our sons, AJ & Baby K, are exactly two years and six days apart and both share an August birthday.
I am going to tell you from personal experience that raising two boys so close in age can bring on some awesome “cry-til-you-laugh” moments but it can also bring your blood pressure to a level never seen before by your family physician! I actually ended up with high blood pressure for the first time ever in my life . . . after a long day with my sons and a visit to my doctor.
(It’s my ongoing joke — “these boys will raise your blood pressure” whenever someone wants to spend some time with them.)
AJ is turning five this month and Baby K will be turning 3. About six months ago, they started getting interested in doing the most outrageous crazy tricks they could attempt outside in the backyard. No more being happy with tag, sliding or swinging . . . now we have outrageous tricksters!
The most recent trick has been when they tip their Little Tykes picnic table upside down and create a pretend pirate ship out of it. What happens when one person is on each side of a small picnic table and the other person stands up?
Yes, it tips!
The boys think this is hilarious and have been testing limits with how fast they can tip each other over. Mind you, my heart races while they do this and I have that “on guard” stance to ensure my babies don’t get hurt.
(Meanwhile they don’t want their Mommy anywhere near them because apparently me standing guard only ruins the fun & excitement!)
The new obsession around the house with my sons is bugs, worms, moths and anything insect-ish.
I … don’t … like … bugs! At all!
The boys? They love bugs and AJ will actually pick up any insect-ish thing he finds & let it crawl all over him . . . yes, even Daddy Long Leg Spiders!
I freak out — just the thought of these little bugs getting inside of their little ear holes or in their mouth makes me want to cringe!
I refrain from stopping them because this is something boys do. They love it — they ask questions about the bugs and I “Google” the answers. We have learned to make this an educational moment instead of a freak Mommy out moment.
(Although AJ has been tossing spiders at me lately now that he realizes I am about petrified of those eight legged things!)
The boys spend their days running wild while grossing me out or scaring me beyond natural limits, but, when the end of the day nears, I love that they still sit down and read books with their Mommy.
This guest post was written by Brandy Tanner. Brandy is a work from home mother of three, a Virtual Assistant, a NH Mom blogger, and a Twitter Addict. Brandy resides in New Hampshire and loves New England life!