They boys were just very very very clingy. Most of my days were spent snuggling, with 1- 3 of them piled onto my lap. This part, of course, was just fine. The problems arose when I'd try to get up to cook or clean or you know, attempt to empty my bladder. Full blown fits of rage would erupt from 3 angles. I mean, how why couldn't I make them food while they sit on my lap??? Apparently, I am not a good enough Mom. O_o
One of my saving graces while Brian is traveling is my friend Lisa. The boys love playing with her 2 year old son L and her almost 1 year old daughter A. We have play dates, go on outings together, and watch each others' kids so that we can each get some alone time. It's funny, but we both agree that when we're watching each other's kids, life almost gets a bit easier, even though we have more kids. I think it's the novelty of having friends over that chills them all out a bit and makes them less Mommy-focused and needy. It's a beautiful thing.
Brennan and Brian got some extra quality time together during some of the Brothers' naps. They painted together and Brennan decided to paint a butterfly mask for Daddy ... which it was on Daddy's face. He also insisted on going for a run with Daddy. They ran around the neighborhood and Brian was overjoyed that Brennan wanted to go and that he was actually pretty good.
Brian enjoyed some alone time with the Brothers while Brennan and I had a little weekend in Michigan. When we came back, it was back to chaos as usual. Kiernan got himself a nice battle wound. He was trying to watch through the window while Brian mowed the lawn and slipped and cracked his eyebrow open on the windowsill . He didn't care that there was blood running down his face. All he wanted to do was "ride tractor!!!". Brian and the boys worked on my new table too, trying to get it nice and smooth so that I don't have to chisel food out of the cracks on a daily basis.
Check out these gorgeous pictures of my sweet baby. His eyes get me every time. His Goldfish-caked smile isn't half bad either.
I've said it a million times before, but we are so lucky to have friends who love to play with our kids. Brennan had a blast splashing in the waves with our friend Kyle.