I’ve been in the kid business before. We don’t have any kids of our own but this first full day with my niece and nephew has really got me thinking. It’s late, 11:36 pm and I’m blogging. Both kids have brushed their teeth and are asleep. Personal time goes out the window. I knew this; but I think for the past 4 months I have forgotten. Am I? Are we ready to start our own family? Today my mother-in-law asked when Ginevra and Giordano were going to have a cousin. She looked at the photos on my corkboard of Dagne’s baby, Indie and Marilyn’s baby, Kiana and longed for another grandchild. We have to get going she said, I reminded her we have only been married for 6 months. “Soon” is what I keep telling her.
Things I forgotten but have been reminded of (by my niece and nephew and by my current thoughts of Tia, Rachel, Sophie, Jamie, Daniel, Nelle, Meng Meng, Charlie, Emme and Erik):
1. Kids eat a lot and you really must put a ton of thought into what goes into their little bodies. They may not like the foods you adore and you just have to “get over it.” Even when they pick all of the homegrown basil out of your bruschetta.
2. An apartment is not a great place to raise kids or dogs for that matter, esp. if you have a grumpy downstairs neighbor. They really need a place to run around and throw things on an hourly basis.
3. Shark Tale in Italian is just as funny as Shark Tale in English.
4. Planning engaging activities takes research. I’ve been using Virgilio.it.
5. When they cry, you feel like you’ve been punched in the stomach.
6. You struggle with disciple, niceties, firmness, laxness, every second and every minute of everyday.
7. Exercise is good for adults and children alike. When they complain about a short walk, you suddenly realize how lazy you can be at times too.
8. You have so much to say to them, so much to share…. Waiting for the right time and moment is frustrating when you want to blurt it all out NOW!
That’s all for now, I’m sure I’ll have more realizations as the week passes on. I should have called this post “To All the Kids I’ve Loved Before.”