Being a parent means you see the world differently from your children. Their frame of reference is a LOT different than yours. And this means there is always something you can teach your kids.
Photo note: Claire said she was going to call a friend, and when she picked up the handset, she started pushing as if you would buttons on a cell or cordless phone. Because unlike me, who had a rotary dial phone in my house as a little kid, she has never actually seen such a phone and wouldn't know how to use one.
Being a parent means that you don't get time to yourself. You could think that the kids would be happy playing with all their toys in a different room, but you would be wrong. Playing right next to you, or better yet, on TOP of you, will ALWAYS be better. This rule always applies when you have small children, regardless if you are cooking, showering, going to the bathroom, taking out the garbage, cleaning, etc, etc.
Being a parent means that you think your kid is pretty much the greatest, most beautiful kid in the world, and watch out, because you will go into mama bear mode to protect that perfect specimen of childhood.
Being a parent means that even after they have been asleep for a few hours, you still go and check on them to make sure they are still breathing. And also to admire how beautiful (and beautifully quiet) they are when they are asleep.
I mean, c'mon. Look at those eyelashes!
And don't even get me started on him sleeping on his knees with his little bum in the air.
Being a parent means you try your hardest to take a nice picture of your children, but it will never happen because they are unable to stand still for more than .25 seconds at a time. So you try and try again, hoping for a different outcome, but finally want to throw the camera across the room because it just ain't happening.
Photo note: Adam asked Claire to stand still so he could take her picture, and last minute, she thought it would be a great idea to spin. Because spinning ALWAYS makes a picture better. So much for holding still...
Being a parent means you find every little thing your baby does adorable. Like when they sleep as if they are lifting off, super hero-style.
Being a parent means boogies. Lots of boogies.
But even when covered with boogies, you know that as soon as you wipe them off, you wanna smooch that beautiful little face.
Being a parent also means that you relish the fact that your children are friends (even if it is just for this point in their lives).
Being a parent means that you frequently discover that you are not always as smart as you think you are. Like when you think your baby is ready to give up his morning nap, but then crashes with exhaustion while you are preparing lunch for everyone. (Also note that sleeve is covered in aforementioned boogies).
Being a parent also means that you get to discover the silly, quirky things your kids do. The things that make them an individual and special. And those things are awesome as you see their individual personalities develop.
Photo note: Henry has just started to twist his pinkie and ring fingers on his right hand. He does it pretty regularly. It's kinda weird looking. And I've never seen anyone else do it...have you?
And more often than not, those silly, quirky things give you a really good laugh.
Photo note: Adam was trying on some jeans at a department store last weekend, and Claire comes barreling out of the dressing room with his shoes on, and on the wrong feet, no less. I wish I would've recorded video instead of just taking a picture, because her gait was so hilarious.