If you don’t have kids, you’ll probably think this post is stupid. You’ll probably wonder why I ever have a hard time doing everyday things, solo, with my 2 year old twins and their 4 year old big sister. After all, I am their mother, and they are my children.
If you have kids, you’ll get it. I, Megan Linnea Glaros, successfully took all three children out to dinner by myself. They held hands in the parking lot. They stood nicely in line at Noodles without running away or getting into anything. They waited right next to me while I got my drink. They carried their OWN milks to the table and sat quietly down in their respective seats. They ate well, didn’t spill their boxes of milk (a miracle in and of itself), and nobody had a freakout! It….was….AWESOME.
We go out to dinner all the time, as a family. Occasionally we have freakouts, or we throw food, or we try to play with knives, etc. When it’s me and Lance, we know we’ve got backup. Two big people against three tiny little dynamos. We’ve learned how to do it, and so have the kids. Going to dinner, by myself, with the kids is different. There’s nobody to help you, and believe me, it can be really hard to hold a 4 year olds hand while carrying two screaming two year olds back to the car.
That didn’t happen last night.
My children were model citizens, and we enjoyed the adventure together. It represents much more than just one dinner at Noodles. That was a glimpse into our future. Any parent of twins knows that it can be hard. You don’t have one 2 year old…you’ve got two! Add their big sister in the mix, and it can be a bit stressful. After all, I only have two hands!
Last night’s dinner at Noodles gave me hope that the stress over the mechanics of going out to dinner, or to Target, or to the park, may soon subside. If they did it once, they can do it again.
For the record, I had the Japanese Pan Noodles with tofu, and I took the celebration picture BEFORE I took the car out of park in the parking lot. This Momma ROCKS!