There is a prevalent caricature of husbands/fathers as buffoons, incapable of meeting their children’s needs–or even their own!–without the help of their spouses. Maybe some are unable (or unwilling) to expend brain power unless they are spouting baseball statistics or Star Wars facts. That isn’t our experience at all. When I was ill, my husband was a one man show: housework, childcare, my care, cooking, homework assistance, etc… We needed help from others simply because he couldn’t be employed and managing all of us 24 hours a day. He is also intelligent and considerate, geeky and athletic, and patient beyond all expectations. (We didn’t need a family crisis to know this. Being married to me is the ultimate test of patience!) No relationship is perfect, but I am grateful that we spend most of our time together smiling and laughing.
Baby #1–The One With Her Own Mind
Sassy yet sweet, Baby #1 is confident and independent. Although she may tend to giggle, she is smart, creative, determined, tough, thoughtful, and maddeningly disorganized.
Baby #2–The Science Kid
Baby #2 is an old soul: observant, empathetic, sensitive, and literal. He finds happiness in sports, numbers, and order (and in pointing out my disorder).
Baby #3–The One with the One Liners
Our wild card is Baby #3. Unpredictable and imaginative, his curiosity leads him on interesting adventures and innovative pursuits. Music is his passion thus far; his vice is his stubborn streak.
Baby #4–The Nudgy One
Baby #4 relishes his role as the “baby” of the family. He is entertaining, adoring and adored, and capable of working the five of us over to accomplish his toddler goals. He is in need of consistent naps.