Saturday, April 25, 2009

Waving Hello from the Scary Valley on the Other Side of the Mountains of Parental Madness

Christ is risen!
Hristos voskrese!
Christos anesti!

Well, I'm back.

In an attenuated sort of way.

I have discovered that taking care of two children under the age of two is a daily journey into chaos. When little B. was born, I wondered at all the spare time I had when I had no children at all, and I wondered what on earth I did with my time before he came along. I see now that I had no idea, no conception at all.

I had so much free time when I had only one child. What on earth did I do with my time before my daughter was born?

- V.


Esteban Vázquez said...

Truly risen!

Good to have signs of life from you. :-)

elizabeth said...

hang in there! my small prayers tonight...

Lotar said...

Truly he is risen!

This post scares me a little, as I will be suffering the same fate in September. It's a good thing they are so cute.

s-p said...

Nice to see you back in the real world of blogging...LOL! Kids take up time???? Whodathunk?! Nice to know things are going well, I was beginning to wonder if there were complications or something. Hang in there, they do grow up (take a lot of really cute pictures of them'll need them when they're 15. :)
s-p, with 6 and one left at home.

V and E said...


Yes, definitely alive. I can tell by the fatigued muscles and the fuzzy brain.


Your prayers are always welcome.


Being a parent is an adventure in folly. Doing it twice is madness. Two children under the age of two? Not for the faint of heart.

But be of good cheer. The disordering that comes with children - the descent into chaos and dirt, the inability to follow schedules, the absence of a "life", the compulsory selflessness - is but a token payment compared to the riches received.

I love being a father of two.


Well, as a matter of fact there were complications. Our daughter has had persistent and multiple feeding problems. Not enough to warrant a hospital stay, but enough for her to slip below the 15th percentile at her last weigh-in. (For the last two months she averaged 2 1/2 oz. per feed.)

A midwife recently remarked that her weight gain, small as it is, is inexplicable given how little she eats. "Either she has fantastic metabolism or she is fed by the angels."

I suspect the latter.

- V.

s-p said...

Prayers are with you and the little one. Kids are strange at that age no matter what...there's always something not quite right it seems. Hopefully it is a passing phase of maturing in some way. God bless those discerning and you in your parental care.