One of the things I didn't really think about when I decided I wanted to have a lot of kids was all the "stuff" that each kid would have.
I mean, I knew about sporting events and gymnastics and piano lessons and whatever interests they would have. I knew I would desperately need to rely on carpools and tribes and villages to make it all work.
But specifically, I never really thought about the fact that I would be attending three Thanksgiving programs in as many days the week before Thanksgiving. "Oh, really Courtney? Like that's a big deal or something?"
Let me tell you WHY it is a big deal.
1) Because each morning it means getting dressed- and I don't even mean dressed up... I just mean getting dressed in something other than workout wear or jean shorts and a shirt. Putting on makeup, doing my hair (which may or may not be clean). It also means getting whatever other kids dressed and getting out the door to attend a performance.
2) It means getting to the school early to get a decent spot all while keeping the kids I have with me entertained and happy while we wait for said decent spot without using all the fun things I brought to also keep them busy during the actual performance. Was that a run-on sentence? Yup. But that's exactly how it feels while keeping babies entertained and waiting. And I'm not going to lie, I got to the performances EARLY each time. And there was always a ton of people there before me. WHAT TIME DO THESE PEOPLE GET UP EACH DAY?
3) It's juggling a baby and at least one other kid (but likely two other kids) while filming the performance. And even if Daddy or Grandeb are there, it's just NOT THE SAME if Mom isn't answering you. And if you haven't kept a baby and toddler happy and entertained and filmed all at the same time then you haven't really lived.
4) It's spending hours in the morning prepping and waiting to watch these performances for about 15 minutes. 15 minutes! 15 minutes of watching your kid get blocked out by the other 100 kids around them and stand there and maybe sing. Then just like that, it's over!
5) If the kids are in preschool then that means you take them home for the day after the morning performance. So yeah, that day is SHOT. It shouldn't even be included in tuition. You go to school and drop them off, you go straight into the auditorium, you watch the show, you take them home early. That's just how it is.
6) And it's having THREE DAYS IN A ROW completely shot the week before you host Thanksgiving. Not to mention the girls are out of school the week of Thanksgiving, so any errands I have to run means the girls come with me. Grocery shop for Thanksgiving meals 9 days before Thanksgiving? Yeah, doesn't work that way, so... um, yeah. Can't wait for the grocery store this week!
As tough as it was making all these school programs work all week and having three days where I seriously got nothing done (oh, and did I mention that Kelsey worked her way back into the Fussiest Baby in the World category!?), there is something about watching your babies sing that just completely freaking melts you.
Seeing their faces and watching them sing their little hearts out and watching them look through the crowd to find you... Gosh, that moment they find you- it's got to be one of the top 10 parenting moments ever, right? Seeing them find you and smile and wave and watching their little chests puff out just a little more... Dang, it makes all the crap and chaos above so. stinking. worth. it.
These faces. They get me every time!