Saturday, February 9, 2008

The Definition of Chaos

The girls and I went to meet a friend for lunch on Friday. But before we went anywhere, I HAD to take a shower, had to in a way only a mom covered in baby puke and various other fluids can. Of course I couldn't seem to get both babies to sleep at the same time, so when Katie fell asleep in her swing and Charlotte seemed awfully close to drifting off, I decided it was now or never.

I gently put Charlotte in the Pack and Play and made a run for the bathroom. I took one of the famous 'Mom's REALLY Fast Showers'.... shaving? Forget it! Second shampoo? Dream on! It's get in, hose off, soap up, rinse and get out. It took 5 minutes, max. And still, as soon as I turned off the water, I heard a ruckus.

I ran downstairs, still wet, in my pajamas with a towel wrapped on my head. Charlotte was crying, natch. Her crying woke Katie, of course. So there were two screaming babies.

Now, I think I've mentioned we live in a 2 family house and my brother and his wife live next door, with their very nice and usually quiet (male) dog. But this weekend they're also taking care of a friend's (female) dog. They had locked the friend's dog upstairs and their dog downstairs to keep them apart. At this moment, female dog was barking. REALLY loudly. And male dog was howling like someone was murdering him (or like he really wanted to get some lovin' and a stupid baby gate was in his way).

So now we have two screaming babies, one barking dog, one howling (horny) dog and one soaking wet mom. Do you remember my cat, the World's Greatest and now Most Neglected cat, Leroy? He could hear the two dogs and was in a complete panic, like they were about to come bounding in at any second and eat him for breakfast. So he was tearing around the living room like a lunatic, from under the sofa to under the baby swing, to under the dining room table, stopping briefly only to bat at my legs as if to say, HELLO, remember me? HELP!!

Ok, so one wet me, two screaming babies, two crazed dogs, and one terrified cat... and the doorbell rings. I truly hoped it was the looney bin coming to get me, because unlike Brittany Spears, I would have welcomed the rest. A couple weeks to do nothing but talk about my problems and take some Xanax? Sign me up!! Just let me dry my hair and put on some makeup.....

Unfortunately, it was only the UPS man, who dropped his package and wisely ran for his life.

And you know, amidst all the chaos, I still thought, I wish it was two crazy dogs, one terrified cat, and three screaming babies.

28 comments:

Rachel said...

Thank you for painting such a humurous picture of your life. I can only imagine how insane you felt!

And I also wish it had been three screaming babies as well....

Millicent said...

Grrr, my post got eaten twice!

Anyway I did say...

Sounds like my house some mornings. We have 2 dogs, 2 cats (one could be Leroy's twin) and 4 kids. Sounds like you did as well as any of us do with that sort of chaos.

And I would give anything if it could've been 3 babies too.

Noah&ZachsMom (Multiples Board) said...

Those are the "moments" that you will remember for the rest of your life! It's never dull being a mom, much less a mom of multiples!

I, too, wish that it could have been three crying babies. Although, I'm sure your little Jack was there holding your hand and saving your sanity :)

tbonegrl said...

The joys of having more than one...my favorite memory involved one baby peeing all over me while the other was screaming and I was trying to help both...

...if only three. If only. He was there too, you know?

dinkey said...

Megan...you made me laugh out loud. It sounds like it was crazy at your house. I wish Jack was there too. You are an amazing lady.

Gillian said...

Megan.. this was a HILARIOUS entry, thank you for sharing. I could totally "see" it all taking place, and although Jack may not have been there PHYSICALLY crying along with his sisters, you can bet he was ROLLING with laughter at the scene unfolding before him.. he was there, rest assured! ;-)

Amanda said...

You are SO funny! I hope the UPS man brought you something nice (like earplugs).

Meg said...

I too got a giggle out of your post. I can't even imagine the chaos that ensued.
Just wanted to say that your kiddos are adorable!
I also just wanted to let you know about a friend of mine's blog. She is a mother of multiples as well. She has an interesting story about her journey. She's just getting started with the whole "blog world" but her story is up and I think any multiple mommy would appreciate it. You can link to her blog "Snyder Survivors" through my blog http://anotherseasonfadesaway.blogspot.com
Enjoy!

Patyrish said...

Thanks for giving me a giggle. Kids really teach you what chaos is.

Wait until you find yourself sitting on the toilet while holding one of them. It's even funner doing that in a public restroom. Pulling up your pants with one arm is no easy feet....believe me I know.

I am sure little Jack was watching you giggling. :-)

Hyperfertile Infertile said...

Oh, god, the shower situation is just ridiculous. I will never be able to shower again when James go back to work. Never! I tried it once and also ended up with chaos, albeit minus the animal sort. I guess I'll just buy a lot of perfume and hope no one notices the underlying essence of baby puke :)

I think about you more often than I should for someone I've only met online, but we were IVF beta twins and then were both having triplets (eventually, once I finally got knocked up), and we both lost a triplet (albeit in VERY different ways). Every time I think about my baby B, I think about your Jack. I wish there were three, too.

Lisa said...

Dear MRSGINGERGRL,

My name is Lisa. I am orginally from NYC, but have been living in Europe for the past two years. I stumbled upon your blog a while back, after reading a post on thenest.com about you losing your sweet boy Jack. I've been keeping up with your blog ever since...reading your updates on the girls and enjoying the pictures...but on that first day I spent hours at my computer, reading your blog from start to finish. I cried when I read about Jack's passing.

Jack's story just touched me so deeply and I contemplated leaving you a comment to tell you so...but I guess I just thought so many people have said so many things...that there was just nothing left to say. What difference would my one comment make out of hundreds...you know?

Today, while out with my husband, I heard yours & Jack's song (I Just Want You Close by Alicia Keys), and I immediately thought of you...and Jack. I listened to the lyrics and a wave of sadness came over me...thinking about your Jack and how much you must miss him. I told my husband about Jack and everything he went through in his short life...and my husband said to me "I wonder if this woman knows how much Jack has touched so many people's lives...how his story has traveled over oceans...how much he is thought about"....

I just wanted to tell you that. That your precious boy Jack is in my thoughts...all the way over here in Europe. And that every time I hear that song I will think of him...and you...and send you all the strength I have to get you through this difficult time.

Sincerely,
Lisa

Sarah said...

Oh, I'm sure there will be many more days to come like this one. And you know what, you will be able to look back and just laugh.

I'm sure Jack was there. Prob just watching and laughing, like a little boy would. He will always be there.

Anonymous said...

There must have been something in the air because Friday Sal was working from home and I was playing defense between two screaming babies and trying to keep them calm while he took a phone meeting in our kitchen. I was hiding in the nursery with them while they screamed. I'm sure you're finding as I am that it's hard to hold them one armed for long now that they're getting big. I was feeding one in a boppy and trying to hold the other 15 pounder one in my left arm. He kept sliding and sliding and sliding down. LOL! It's only funny AFTER it happens!
Linda

Harris Boys said...

it only gets crazier :) welcome to the crazy life of raising kids and multiples! I'm sure Jack was looking down with a big smile wishing he was there to share in the screaming :)

Anonymous said...

Haha! That is hilarious! I'm sure little Jack was watching the whole thing and laughing hysterically at the chaos!

Katie and Charlotte are so darn cute! They make the greatest facial expressions! My guess is with the chaos you don't have the time to sit around and take 1,000 pictures waiting for those hilarious faces so they must be quite the characters. Hope you're having fun with them- it sounds like you are!

Becky (octoberlove1002)

Adrienne said...

You have such an amazing way with words! Thank you for letting us into your life and sharing the highs and lows with you.
MrsAdrienneT

Liz said...

Oh Megan... What a day you had! Poor Leroy!!!!! ;)

Let's gtg soon... sounds like you could use a nice, big martini!

Anonymous said...

i have never made it through one of your posts without crying. i thought today was the day. nope, your 3rd to last word got me. im so sorry.

velmadinkley said...

I'm continuing to pray for you. You are so amazing. I love that you use humor to help get you through the pain.

I always had my daughter in the swing or Jump-A-Roo when I'd shower. Hubby even laughed when he got home once and I had my daughter strapped into her bouncy seat---on the bathroom floor while I showered. It was the only way I could shave! (I could play peek-a-boo around the shower curtain and talk to her while I got the job done.) Smiles.

As for Jack...there's not a doubt in my mind that he WAS there with you. Hang in there!
--A Mom in Jacksonville, FL

Jessica B said...

Megan your sense of humor is amazing. Jack is your sanity.

Lotta said...

I used to bring the kids into the bathroom with me. Prop them up in a carrier on the floor and peekaboo every two minutes. It got my legs shaved.

Nichole said...

I have to say that I located your blog through a friend's, friend's blog. I have enjoyed reading your stories, but this one was classic! You could write a book. I was laughing out loud and crying! It was great! Thank you! Keep writing! :o)

Kessler said...

As a new mama myself, I will admit I have had similar moments that I've wished away. Ya know... let's just hit fast forward to the easy, fun, cute part of being a mom! But your wish for three screaming babies and even more chaos, could not put things any further into perspective for me. Now I just want to hit pause, and take it all in, all of the blessings.

Anyhow, I also heard about your family on the nest and visited your blog after that. I have been keeping up with it and thinking about you ever since. Your strength and your faithfulness is inspiring! I will continue to pray for your family.

I also wanted to point you to this blog:
http://luketiffanycarter.blogspot.com. This girl grew up on the same street as me, we went to the same high school, etc. We weren't BFF's or anything, but we hung out and we ended up planning weddings/having babies at the same and found each other on the same local page of the nest. Tonight she is praying that her little boy, who was born at 25 weeks gestation, will make it another day. He is fighting off an infection and the doctor's are not hopeful, but we believe in a God who heals and will continue to pray. I'm not sure why I felt compelled to share this with you or point you in her direction, but something told me to and I listed....

Rebecca said...

Good morning. You don’t know me and I have never posted on your blog before but I felt, like so many other posters I have read, that I needed to let you know how much your story has touched my life.
I came across your blog by accident from a nest post and was drawn to read your story. My first born is named Jackson and I wanted to read about your little Jackson.
For the past couple of days, I find myself thinking about your Jack every time I am calling my Jack. For a person I have never met, a child I have never met, you have really made an impact on my life.
During my second pregnancy, I miscarried twins. I know that experience is completely different from the experience you have gone through the past couple months, but it makes me feel cheated out of the opportunity to raise twins. When I was reading your entry yesterday, and you said how you wished it was three screaming babies, you were cheated out of the opportunity to raise triplets. You are a very courageous woman to share your story with the world. Your girls and Jack are lucky to have parents who have so much faith and optimism. I just wanted to reiterate what so many others have posted, your story and your son have reminded so many people to concentrate on all the joy and happiness in life. Thanks for sharing with the world!

Minnie said...

Wow. I'm feeling nutty just listening to all of that.
It did make me laugh though.

Anonymous said...

Girl... you so just made me laugh!

Anonymous said...

Hahaha, I seriously love the way you tell stories!! Spanisheyes00

Rebecca Nixie said...

What a funny blog!!! Jack was there...surely egging his sisters on!! Did you and the girls ever make it to lunch?