Yesterday I took the 3 kids to the doctor. This is kind of a pain because I now have 2 that don't walk, and my doctor's office is the most inaccessible place in the world - how ridiculous is that? Anyway, there are 2 steps that are unavoidable and I would never be able to get the sit & stand up them, and once inside there isn't enough room in the exam rooms for the big stroller anyway. So I put Ruby in the wrap, Declan in the umbrella stroller, and Talia walked like the big girl she is. I thought I was pretty smart and everything was going smoothly, but maybe I didn't look quite as together as I felt, since some stranger in the waiting room totally felt sorry for me and helped me get shoes and coats on the kids when we were leaving!
At each stage the kids go through, I think "This is the best it's ever going to be. There will never be a time when it's more fun than this age." And then Talia gets a little older, and does a little more, and makes me laugh a little harder, and I change my mind and have a new favourite age. Yesterday after we got home from the doctor's office, she made herself a stethoscope out of plastic rings and gave all her babies check-ups. Sometimes I can't believe how smart she is and how much she just knows already. Although, I guess any woman she meets who gives her a rare treat of a sucker is probably pretty important to her, ha ha.
I really love that Talia and Declan are each other's constant companion, and spend so much time playing together - even though they gang up on me now. Here's our conversation from lunch the other day:
Me: Tal, who's your best friend?
Talia: Ummmmmmmmmm.... (pretending to think really, really hard, with a big grin on her face.)
Me: (full of outrage) WHAT?!? Not Deckie!
Declan: (giggling) Daddy!!
Me: (still outraged) EVEN WORSE!! What about Mommy?
Talia: Iss okay, Mommy. You be Wooby's best fwiend.