Jake and I had our first EVER babysitting experience, as a couple, last night. This wouldn't seem like such a big deal, since we already have our own babies...but when you think about it as four children under the age of 3, it was kind of a big deal. (Big apologies to any of you who thought I might be pregnant AGAIN and you would want to throw peas at my head and say, "Don't you know where babies come from??!?? Yes, that would make it 3 babies in 3 years for us, and let's just not anyone be joking about that since Jake and I don't need any more help from Murphy!)
So we had the delightful Chisholm men over Sunday night, while their parents hit up the town. We had an overall good night, and time flies exponentially the more babes you are watching. As we were all sitting around the table, I asked Jake, "Would this even be humanly possible? To have four babies in less than three years?" He chuckled and said, "Well yes, if we had a set of twins." I thought for a moment of the comment by Anne Shirley, "Twins seem to be my lot in life" and how grateful I am that twins are currently not my lot in life.
The overall cutest moment of the night was when Mr. Daniel, after having a rather rough start after his parents left him in the loud house, managed the courage to join the rest of us at the dinner table. He put a piece of delicious coconut oil fried chicken in his mouth and looked at me with his huge brown eyes. He said, "I'm OK." I was so delighted to hear this to come out of his mouth! A small thing, communicating with words, in English, to me. I tried not to make a big deal out of it, because Jake and I were enjoying a third intelligible voice at the dinner table, so I said, "I'm glad you are OK. Do you want some milk." He said, "No. I watch the tomato." And watching that tomato.
We survived the 4 under 3, and it felt good to return those little men back to their parents in once piece. I felt bad parking the kids in front of the Veggie Boob Tube, but Bob the tomato was the only thing that distracted Daniel away from his parents being out. We have decided that we will continue to put even more months between Fiona and any other offspring.