One of the many nice things about having babies in tow is that people are usually overjoyed to see them. People stop and look and compliment us on our beautiful babies and generally seem pretty pleased to have a glimpse into our child friendly world.
This was an incredibly busy week here at the Bonny Blue House. All five of the older children had dental check-ups scheduled in one long marathon appointment. I had an appointment with the doctor and the twins had their monthly check-up as well. All of this in addition to the general craziness of soccer practices, dance classes, karate, music lessons, various meetings and a play rehearsal. So I was a bit frazzled by the whole week.
So this week ends by us going Lifeteen Mass at our parish. A six o’clock Mass is not an ideal time for our family but the soccer and fall ball baseball schedules did not allow for evening Mass yesterday or morning Mass this morning without us splitting up (don’t get me started on Sunday sports events, that’s a whole other post). Dave likes us to go to Mass as a family so this evening at six o’clock there we were at the LifeTeen Mass. We were wonderfully surprised when before Mass began, the leader of the LifeTeen band in our parish, realizing it was the twins first LifeTeen Mass, had the entire congregation welcome Bridget and Sean to the Mass and gave them a round of applause.
How wonderful. This Mass which was crowded with teens and their parents all let out a collective AAAAWWWW as David and I held up the twins. It was so endearing and it had me reflecting about how welcomed with joy we usually are when we travel with babies in tow.
When we entered the dental office the staff was working quietly behind the glass window. The first hygenist who came out to collect Ryan for his appointment must have told all of those ladies about the adorable twins because one by one they came out to admire them and ask a bunch of questions. When all of the women had peaked, the mood behind the glass was lighter and there was some pleasant chit-chat now accompanying the busy pace of work. My sleeping sweethearts had cheered the whole place up.
When I went for my doctor visit, I was sternly reprimanded for not bringing the babies. "We’ve been waiting all day," they cried. I had no idea and was so sorry to disappoint them.
In the pediatrician’s office we took up the entire waiting room. Lots of people had to rearrange and move their stuff to accomodate us, but all did so pleasantly. "It’s for the twins," they said.
Anything for the babies.
Having babies in the house is hectic I won’t deny that, but in a wierd way it also greatly slows the pace. You need to sit and feed them, you need to sit and rock them, you need to snuggle and cuddle them at every opportunity. You don’t go out in foul weather, "could you bring Ryan home from choir," I recently called a friend on her cell phone,"it’s raining and I don’t want to bring the twins out". Dear friend that she is was very happy to help out.
Anything for the babies.
Soon they will leave this precious baby time behind. All too soon. I was recently told that once they are three months old they are no longer newborns. I wanted to weep. It’s so fleeting this time with them. So short a time that they are new. So little time for them to be held, swaddled and firmly attached to me. So little time for them to be ooohed and aaaahed over and loved by strangers. Since this time is passing so swiftly I will be bringing them with me everywhere, I will show them off and let them work their magic on the world around them. I will let Bridget and Sean beautify the world with their presence and try diligently to be an example of God’s love everywhere I go. I won’t be cranky about taking seven children with me and I will exude joy. This is the gift I want to give them. To delight in every moment of their lives. To focus not on the hassle of hauling two car seats everywhere, but on the happiness that the car seats bring with them. This will be my gift to Bridget and Sean.
Anything for those babies…
Bridget Galbraith says
Mary Ellen, what beautiful thoughts, what a beautiful life!
You look wonderful! Positively slender and petite!
Mary Ellen Barrett says
Wow, you are kind. Once I posted it I realized that I could have brused my hair or something. Oh well, anything for those babies.
Bridget Galbraith says
The children were enjoying the pictures with me. Alex pointed out that since you are Tales From the Bonny BLUE house, you might like to have a blue template on your blog. (Those artsy, Aspergers children…)
Cay G. says
This is positively beautiful. There are so many wonderful thoughts in this post.
Babies do have that effect on people.
Mary Ellen! You look so lovely!
The first picture of Bridget and Sean is SO precious! Definitely one for the wedding shower or ordination party later on!
Margaret in Minnesota says
This is a moving reflection on the loveliness of babies, Mary Ellen. I’m sending it to my friend who just had twins. (Chidren number 5 & 6 in their family!)
Beautiful post. Babies do cheer up a place and doubly so with twins.
This is just so beautiful! I want to be just like you!!!
Alice Gunther says
You do exude joy, Mary Ellen! And those babies will always be ooohed and ahhed at by strangers–they are a sparkling ray of sunshine!
It’s the magic of twins 🙂
We get lots of attention here with just one baby. I’ll bet with twins the oohing and awwing will last for years. I love that first picture of them snuggled together. So cute!
Karen E. says
What a gift … the babies, and you. 🙂
We were out shopping yesterday and stopped to coo over some 10 month old twins … so I think that double baby effect will last for a long time yet 🙂
Suzanne Temple says
So lovely, and what a photo!!
I have always wished for multiples but God never gives us more than we can handle, lol, so it is probably better that all of mine have been singles. 😉
Rebecca B. says
You and those sweet little babies are just beautiful!