Saturday, June 13, 2009

When I start to feel anxious...

I have been thinking about our future as a family of four and how much of a change Little Guy's going to bring. (And of course all the extra joy and love along with him.) I marvel at the thought of doubling my life's responsibility from one day to another.

I admit, I've thought about how hard it will be to start over with a new baby.

Things have gotten so much easier little by little, I hardly remember what it was like to change ten diapers a day, feed every three hours, sleep-when-you-can in short spurts. Then we reach an age where every corner is a bruise waiting to happen and regular household objects are potential choking hazards.

"How am I going to manage to do anything around the house when I can't seem to do it now?" I find myself wondering..."Can I juggle all this -- and be proud of the job I'm doing?"

Then I think about my neighbor who just had triplets on Thursday. That's right, triplets! And that's a whole 'nuther ball game. Another league, on another planet, I might imagine.


I've been thinking about them quite a bit lately.
When a concern comes up in my mind about our family, I find myself praying for her family (including their four year old daughter) to navigate their way through their challenges.

The baby girls, identical twins and a third sibling, were born big (4 lb +) and healthy. Things are off to a good start!

Every time I feel anxious, I remember this precious family. If I'm in a marathon, they are embarking on the Ironman Triathalon. And every concern I have about our family (Is this baby going to be healthy? Do we have enough life insurance? How will we afford X,Y,Z?...) seems manageable in perspective.

Their story keeps getting more exciting: check out this article in the Houston Chronicle.

God is marvelous!

We can do this.

6 comments:

Bonnie said...

The best thing about having a second child is that your little one will have a sibling. It is such a blessing to see your little ones laughing and playing together. It is more work but it's worth it! Hang in there.

Girly Stuff said...

I agree with Bonnie. It is work on the front end and a joy on the back end. It will be OK.

Terra said...

it will all fall into place. I promise. Not always easy with 2, but they are a blessing

Christie said...

Triplets? Oh, heaven help the poor woman.

You are going to do great. But don't be surprised if you don't realize that until about five years from now. As soon as they all went to school, I finally felt that.

Live.Love.Eat said...

You have more than reasonable concerns but you'll do a fantastic job, through all the sweat and tears and love. I admire anyone with more than 1 child. We were done at one and it just works for us.

Tooj said...

I think that's a fabulous way to handle the stresses we encounter. I try and remind myself of others who have similar and more difficult plights than me. It really puts things into perspective. I had to do with when my Wee One was having so many skin issues...I had to tell myself the alternatives could have been so much more devastating and fatal. Skin? We'll get it worked out...other things can't always be worked out. You will be FAB as a second mommy. And you'll get everything done. You just may not be able to visit all of us as frequently. ;)