My Life in a Nut Shell

3 surgeries for Endometriosis, countless medications, and lots of difficult years trying to conceive. We put the medical stuff on hold and decided to work on being parents instead. In July of 2000 we were blessed beyond all measure with a phone call announcing the birth of our daughter, Megan. Megan's birth mother had given birth the day before and was leaving the hospital. We had no warning that Megan was coming. At 4:29 in the afternoon we were a couple, at 4:30 we were parents. Deciding that we wanted a sibling for Megan, we looked into all our options. This time insurance covered IVF. One round and we were blessed with triplets, Abigail, Brigid, and Caroline. Did you know that there is a 70% chance of divorce in families of Higher Order Multiples? Almost two years after the triplets were born my ex-husband and I separated and eventually divorced. During that time both my Mother and Father passed away from cancer. In February of 2007 my sister came to live with us to help out. In December of 2008 she had to leave so now it is me on my own with the girls. In February 2010, Lisa passed away and finally found her own Peace.

Monday, August 23, 2010

The First Day of School

School started last Tuesday.  5th grade and 2nd grade.  How did Megan get old enough to be in 5th grade?  The first day of school is always bittersweet for me.  I love that my girls get to be back to school with their friends.  The learn new things.  I'm not looking forward to the homework times 4.  It can be a bit overwhelming to find the time fix dinner, do laundry, baths, and homework.  Somehow though it all gets done.  To celebrate the first day of school I had a little surprise waiting for the girls when they got up in the morning on the first day:

I can tell you that Megan was NOT happy. She was worried about being embarrassed. I told her I just might do this to her on her first day of middle school. With balloons. And streamers. And whistles.

Abby wanted to know what kind of person paints her car.

Brigid and Caroline LOVED it.

I had people honking at me that morning.  Parents gave me thumbs up at the stoplight.  My fellow co-workers thought I was nuts.

I take my girls to work with me in the morning.  We have to be there at 7 a.m.  I am fortunate that my boss let me drive the girls to school that morning at 8:30.  We took our annual first day of school picture:

 Brigid, Megan, Mrs. French, Caroline, and Abigail posing in front of the school.  I like this picture.   The girls were happy to be there.  And Mrs. French even remembered it was our annual picture.  I love her.  The girls picked out their own outfits.  They do not like to match.  A friend commented on Facebook that it had to be no small feat to get the girls to school dressed and smiling.  Just realize that I do this everyday and we are at work by 7 a.m.  Call me Super Mom.

Into school we head to pose with Ms. Adamson, the trio's teacher:

Brigid, Caroline, Abby, and Ms. Adamson and yes that is an apple in Abby's hand.  Each girl brought their teacher an apple on the first day of school.  I love being corny. 
Megan with Ms. Moyo.
Ms. Moyo said she waited six years to say "Welcome to Fifth Grade."  I said I waited 10 years to hear her say that.

  I'm so busy all the time trying to maintain some sort of wonderful life for the girls so they don't ever feel a deficit because this is a divorced family and a multiples family.  I feel like I am missing them growing up. 

 My girls are growing up. 

Can someone hit pause?

Just for a little while.

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