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January 22, 2009

Flashback Friday: This Makes Me Giggle

It took me a long damn time to look at pictures like this without wincing, so it says a lot about my emotional development that I’m able to post them for the world to see and proclaim that they make me giggle.

These pictures are from late 1999.  The twins were around 15 months old and Finn was almost four.  I was nearing the end of my year of treatment for hepatitis C, but it wasn’t getting any easier on me physically, as my doctor had said it did for some patients.  I took the interferon on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and spent Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays wracked with chills, vomiting and headaches.

The medicine affected my memory.  I remember leaving a friend’s baby shower and trying to call Bill to tell him I was on the way home.  I couldn’t remember our home phone number and resorted to calling information to get it.    Between feeling like crap and the memory lapses, I feared that I was missing some fun months with the boys, so I grabbed the camera every time I felt able to hold it without puking.  And I’m so thankful I did.

Today I deal with back talk, science projects that spring from nowhere, anti-girl weapons, and pleas for American Idol.  But any problems can usually be solved with fines, banishment to a room, or extra chores.

Not so back then.  We were covered up in boys every moment– boys who had to be watched or they’d drink out of the toilet, eat dog food, and pull all the books off the bottom shelf of the bookshelf.  If Bill wanted to eat, he had to wallow on the floor and be the playground to divert everyone while I fixed dinner.  So he did.

b and boys

I don’t know what Drew is holding, but he’s coming straight at Bill’s eye with it.  You can tell Bill’s an experienced father  because he’s prophylactically squinching his eyes shut.  Or that expression might be caused by Porter’s ankle grinding into his scrotum; it’s hard to tell.

This shows all the furniture we had in the den at the time, with the exception of the changing table in the corner.  No lamps, no sharp-cornered coffee table for boys to jump off.  I chose the rug especially for its color, which was a fantastic boogery/bloody/fecal combination guaranteed to hide all spills and accidents.  For the same reason, the boys didn’t wear clothes unless someone was coming over.  Actually, we didn’t put clothes on them unless we needed to impress that certain someone.

Every mom has those hours in the late afternoon when you suffer through the kids’ crankiness and pray for someone to come home and be the playground and offer up his scrotum for a footrest.  Here’s a picture that captures the way I remember those hours:

me and boys

The part that makes me giggle here (actually I snorted) is Finn’s shirt.  Finn thought it would be cool to go to Harvard because his aunt was in business school there.  He changed his mind once he found out that doing so would require him to spend the night away from home.  Ten years later, now that I’m more familiar with Finn’s study habits, I’m thankful he abandoned the Harvard dream early to avoid an emotionally scarring disappointment as a teen.

Porter was generally a happy kid,  so I’m guessing he’s crying because he’s starving and my hands are too full of boys to do anything about it. Drew’s plugged up pretty well, but let me tell you– he developed such a pacifier dependency that he’d crawl around the house with three in each hand, and he’d stash another five or six in his bed in case he needed one.  Pacifiers were his heroin, and Bill and I stole them all one night and left a battery operated toy train in their place.  It was a successful intervention.

There were many pictures from 1999 that made me giggle,  but the fact I was able to smile at these under the circumstances is quite an achievement.


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22 Responses to “Flashback Friday: This Makes Me Giggle”

  1. Wow! Your pic reminds me of what it was like to be in the trenches of toddlerdom!

    Hope I did the link thing correctly! 🙂

    Anna See’s last blog post..Flashback Friday– Feeling Groovy

  2. I am laughing at all of this because in January 1999, my eldest was not quite 2 1/2 yet and the twins were 8 mos. I look insane in all the photos from that time. 🙂

  3. “Every mom has those hours in the late afternoon when you suffer through the kids’ crankiness and pray for someone to come home and be the playground and offer up his scrotum for a footrest.”

    No one has ever described my reality so perfectly before. I may put this on our refrigerator, right under the Santa picture from 2007. Thank you!

    Keri (Auburn Gal Always)’s last blog post..Countdown to Weekend o’ Birthday Parties

  4. I’m in awe of parents of multiples! 🙂 I don’t know how you did it, but those boys are precious!

    I’m really enjoying the carnival! Thanks!

    Tater Mama’s last blog post..Flashback Friday: This Makes Me Giggle

  5. I notice that not only does your husband have his eyes tightly shut to prevent ocular disasters, but he also has his knees together, in an attempt to protect that most delicate of male areas, though as you say, it is being used as a footrest…

    I wish more mothers would admit that those late afternoon hours are wretched instead of glossing over the truth! I actually locked myself in the bathroom yesterday to escape them. Of course, they followed me and sat outside the door, drawing pictures and sliding them beneath the crack.


  6. I’m in awe of you.

    Earth Girl’s last blog post..Deja Vu

  7. Gosh, I remember those late afternoon cranky hours. We call it the suicide hour.Actually I’m reliving that time with a 23 month old grandchild, but I can always send her home to her parents!

    lake lurker’s last blog post..Flashback Friday: This Makes Me Giggle

  8. I found your site from Ann Kroeker’s. I have been doing a Friday Flashback post for several weeks. It is so much fun! I am happy to join your carnival.

    I love the last picture of you holding your boys. I know that feeling expressed on your face. I know those afternoons! My kids are 7,5,3, and 1 (the 1st 3 are boys).

    Jane Anne’s last blog post..Friday Flashback: One Sweet Ride

  9. I can’t remember how I got here, linked through a link through a link, but I LOVE the Flashback Friday idea! Thanks.

    Love your blog, I look forward to visiting often!

    Rebecca’s last blog post..Flashback Friday: This Makes me Giggle

  10. Those were so funny and cute. I am sure you must miss those days ; )

    Marissa’s last blog post..Flashback Friday. This Makes Me Giggle.

  11. I loved this post, it was alot of fun, and glad I am able to participate!!! Loving looking at everyones flash backs!

    Tina’s last blog post..Flash Back Friday

  12. […] week’s Flashback Friday over at My Tiny Kingdom is “This makes me giggle.” I don’t think this song should make me giggle, but it does. Back forever ago, or […]

  13. Totally unrelated to your post – though I loved it! – is my question about your oldest son’s name, Finn. Hubby and I are expecting our second boy in May and loooove the name Finn (our first son’s name is Holt and we want something short and strong for the second one as well). When we started talking to family members about our love for it we got some strange looks. Mostly they just didn’t understand where it came from. They want it to be short for something – Finley, Phinneous, Finnigan, etc. We just like Finn – plain and simple. What has your son’s experience been with the name Finn? Is he happy with it? Can it be turned into any sort of emotionally scarring name-calling that I need to be aware of? Just wondering…..

  14. Hysterical. I can’t imagine what those days were like. It must be nice to be able to look back and laugh.

    Ashley’s last blog post..Flashback Friday

  15. I almost forgot to post mine! It’s about The Monkees. 🙂

    catnip’s last blog post..flashback friday: this makes me giggle!

  16. Hooray for old folks! I finally figured out your Mr. Linky…only took me ten days! Sarah Jane generously gave me permission to publish these ADORABLE pics…hope they don’t break the porn rules. Blessings.

  17. These pictures are proof that you survived. Even though I didn’t have twins, I don’t remember that much about Mr. Blue’s first year due to severe PPD. I’m also glad I took pictures.

    Alison’s last blog post..For Keeps

  18. I am loving this project! I too understand the hell that is late afternoons with children. My four-year-old and 7-month-old turn into wild children this time every day.

    I hope my photo doesn’t break any rules. I figured it would be okay since the exposed heinies belong to preschoolers.

    Brandy Poole’s last blog post..Flashback Friday: This makes me giggle

  19. Mine is up! I love yours.

    liz’s last blog post..Flashback Friday – This makes me giggle

  20. You and Bill are really troopers to take that kind of abuse in triplicate! Although I have to say that Bill looks to be about 13 years old in that picture! I kept looking at it going “Who is the other kid?” It didn’t occur to me until you started describing it that it was your husband.

    Of course, come to think of it, you look like a teenager yourself, so maybe you guys do go together. 🙂

    Quirky’s last blog post..1/23/09 The Joys and Pitfalls of 8:43 Bathroom Time

  21. I love these photos …
    and I feel so grateful to know that it’s not only MY boy who feels the need to run around naked practically 24/7.

    moo’s last blog post..GD, PIH, and water birth

  22. Thanks for the terrific opportunity. I picked a post of mine that I wanted to give a wider audience. I was curious about a young girl I knew years ago and thought maybe someday, someway, someone in cyberspace would recognize her.

    Also, this post honors a special friend from college and I always appreciate ways to remember her.

    I really enjoy your blog…very inspirational.

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