The following piece was originally featured on New2Two, a personal blog by Twiniversity and Multiplicity contributor Kerry Bergeman. Kerry is a mom of two sets of twins and you should really check out more of her work here.
Life is hectic with kids; whether that is one or four. Steve is rarely home to help with the morning routine and getting the girls to the bus stop on time so my mornings are carefully planned.
I like to walk them to the bus stop, even though we have to leave a few minutes earlier than if I drove them and about thirty minutes earlier than if I actually dropped them off at school.
Our walks are so nice. Yes, they can start out mad but they always end up nice.
It’s my favorite part of the day when I leave my phone behind, grab my coffee and just observe their innocence as they discover new leaves, acorns, rocks and pinecones every day.
We are in the process of collecting acorns for our Thanksgiving centerpiece and they have enough to fill two glass jars but they want more. I love watching them observe how each one is completely different than the last.
On our walks I get to see them investigate. They look for bugs and snakes and create stories of how they died or where they were heading. They hide from cars and believe they really can’t be seen hiding behind a tree smaller than them.
I get to hold hands with L while H pushes the stroller. I get to see her eyes light up when I squeeze her hand and sneak a kiss.
When I pick them up after school they have so much energy and just want to run and play. I ask what they did at school and they say “nothing much.” But on our morning walks I learn about best friends, trouble makers and who is marrying who.
I hear comments and see dances and jigs that normally I might miss.
There is no jealousy as they tease the babies by pretending to run into the stroller. They show their love by showering them with kisses once the bus is seen heading our way.
These moments will be fewer and fewer as the mornings become colder but right now I will do whatever it takes to preserve this sweetness.
This is why I will always wake up a little early to walk my girls to the bus stop.
Kerry Bergeman blogs at New2Two – A peek at my life as a Mother of fraternal AND identical twins! Kerry is a full-time stay at home mother of 5 year-old twin girls & 7 month-old identical twin girls. She teaches part-time at the local community college, runs Mommies of Multiples on Facebook and blogs at New2Two about life with twins, dealing with infertility, and a daughter with a severe intolerance to dairy. Kerry’s blog is up for Blogger of the Year at VoiceBoks and you can vote for her here: www.voiceboks.com/new2two