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Blew My Mind

Children Mentioned…

Tonight, at dinner, my aunt was reminiscing that this week four years earlier, she had been in Washington and swung through the NICU to meet the ChickieNob and Wolvog. The last time the Olympics were on, we were staying in a hotel across from the hospital on mileage points that our parents had pooled together and given to us. We were exhausted and emotional and the ChickieNob was having dozens of bradys and the Wolvog was only two pounds. It was a few days into the Olympics when I suddenly realized they had begun and I sobbed about missing the opening ceremonies and how I had imagined that we’d be giving them a bottle on the bed while watching the ceremonies as a four-some.

And now, four years later, four bodies sprawled together in a hotel bed in my aunt’s city, we are watching the Olympics and we are visiting my aunt and we are explaining Chinese history to inquisitive and verbal four-year-olds.

It is hard to imagine that we ever reached this point when I think back to four years ago today.


1 Lori { 08.08.08 at 7:11 pm }

I’m going to nudge Waiting Amy and make sure she sees this.

What an affirming post, Lollipop.

2 Lisa { 08.08.08 at 7:18 pm }

What a beautiful and happy picture you just painted of the “now”!

3 STE { 08.08.08 at 7:30 pm }

So glad that you made it. It actually does give a girl hope.

4 Denise { 08.08.08 at 7:31 pm }

So cool.

5 Jess { 08.08.08 at 7:39 pm }


6 Julia { 08.08.08 at 8:06 pm }

Incredible journey. So happy for you.

7 Jen { 08.08.08 at 9:18 pm }

And I can’t wait to see where the four of you are for the 2012s and how many bodies you’ve got sprawled on the bed then.

8 Bea { 08.08.08 at 11:36 pm }

How times change. So glad they changed so much for the better.


9 Geohde { 08.09.08 at 12:13 am }

It blows my tiny mind to think I’ll probably feel the same way in four years, too.


10 Waiting Amy { 08.09.08 at 7:22 am }

Thanks Mel (and Lori too, I found it on my own!). I needed this today. Yesterday was a bit trying with Peaches and Plum in the NICU. Despite growing, they insist on bradying when I feed them. Thanks for reminding me that it WILL all be different in time. Kisses to your lovely twins (isn’t 4 fun? mostly).

11 Antigone { 08.09.08 at 7:37 am }

I can’t imagine a year from now. I mean, I can’t imagine havine a living child.

12 Anjali { 08.09.08 at 8:14 am }

Sometimes, life does manage to come full circle!

13 m { 08.09.08 at 8:53 am }

Needed this post this morning. Thanks for something short and sweet and essential – like a chocolate chip scone.

14 luna { 08.09.08 at 9:47 am }

what a beautiful image.

15 annacyclopedia { 08.09.08 at 10:09 am }

My heart is warm after reading this, with joy for you and hope for myself and others.

16 chicklet { 08.09.08 at 1:02 pm }

Holy, 4 years. Nice tie-in to the olympics too.

17 Tara { 08.09.08 at 1:29 pm }

I get so scared when I dare to imagine the future so I mostly don’t.

Thanks for this post.

18 C { 08.09.08 at 2:50 pm }

It’s so amazing what changes in time. Good things come, as they say.

Congratulations on your four.

19 Kristin { 08.09.08 at 5:28 pm }

What a wonderful contrast between 4 years ago and now.

20 Aurelia { 08.10.08 at 1:56 pm }

I’m so glad you made it too!

21 A.M.S. { 08.11.08 at 8:29 am }

Thank you for the lovely reminder that things can work out right.

22 JamieD { 08.11.08 at 8:50 am }

Very cool post. Very cool thought . . .

23 Barb { 08.11.08 at 1:25 pm }

I’m so glad you did reach that point.

24 Polina { 08.12.08 at 12:49 pm }

You know, it is great when you have “anchors” in time – days you remember and can compare with…

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