So today marks the one month birthday of my little buddies, and I must inform you of their new nickname, dreamboats. I see all the time, someone posting on Facebook how this baby or that had stolen their heart, and it really stated to make me nauseous. That is until these little dudes came along and sweetened this family ten fold. Here are a few of the reasons why: they have slept an average of 5.5 hours continuous per night, we have caught them on numerous occasions holding hands while eating, when one is fussy coming close to his brother usually calms the other down, you can surely get the picture. When my superwoman told me she wanted “one” more kid, I must say I was not overly enthusiastic when I said sure. Come on, who says no to that kind of request, and this has been one spectacular way to round out this table for 9!
The other cool part of these boys is the reaction of all of their siblings. In all my years of working with kids and being a father I have yet to witness the outpouring of love that these band of brothers have displayed. From the 8-year-old that gets up with the roosters, hence his affectionate nickname, just to hold a baby before dad heads off to the office, or the much maligned 16-year-old who every night comes into the bedroom to say goodnight and hold a baby. All of the other boys have to kiss the babies before going to bed or we have a meltdown that makes Chernobyl seem small. It is quite a sight to watch the affection and attention that August and Liev receive daily. It sure makes you proud down deep, to know that someday all these boys will make amazing fathers because of these experiences. They will look back and see what it is to be there for moments in a families existence and know how important it is to put your family first. One lesson I have learned in working with and having a few kids, is that they are always watching and listening. Little things we do for each other make big impacts and small kind words make a world of difference in a child’s life, especially from their dad.
Today I traveled up that 10,000 foot climb to take a look below and what I found was pure bliss. I see a family growing into these new additions and making the adjustment quite effortless. The view revealed a group of rowdy boy siblings sharing an abundance of love and support for the upheaval that entered this family one month ago. Today, one month in, I am encouraged and exuberant about this future we created, and have a feeling there are a lot of marvelous times ahead. The dreamboat keeps gaining speed and the world seemed a little bit smaller today then yesterday, carpe diem, because today was pretty unbelievable.