Wednesday, September 1, 2010

You Need More Arms

I think that any parent with more than 1 child is entitle to (at least one) a free pair of extra arms.

It's only fair.

And not scary looking extra arms

Just regular "people arms" that fold-up discreetly and compactly when you don't need them.

I mean, even Big Brother recently commented, "Mom-E you need 8 arms, so you can be like an octopus."

(Except that Mom-E is WAY cuter--and less slimy--than an octopus).

But seriously, that's saying something if even a 5 year-old recognizes that you need more arms.

2.5 year olds, on the other hand, lack that awareness.

You see, we're at a point now, where the moment I get home from work, I'm greeted with smiles and hugs, and requests to be carried by not 1 but 2 small boys.

And I don't mind so long as I don't undo that hernia surgery, mostly because those two little guys are just so frickin' cute that I can't say "no" to those smiles.

(Just to clarify, I can't say "no" to picking them up. If I had a nickel for every time I told them "no", I'd have a truckload of nickels.)

But I couldn't help but laugh the other day when I came home from work.

30 seconds after walking inside, I'm holding 40+ pounds of children, spread over 2 arms.

30 seconds later, Little Brother looks directly at me and asks, nonchalantly, "Dad-E, can you hold this bouncy ball for me and throw away this tissue."

"Sure pal, but only if you want me to put you down (which I already know you don't.)"

"Hey, Mom-E! Got any arms you can spare?"

See you on Fatherhood Friday,


  1. Smart kid, working all of his networking channels like that.

  2. I remember that feeling! Sometimes an extra set of hands and arms isn't enough though. If there could be 2 of you it would be even better. That way you can be in more than one place at a time and instead of multi-tasking with 3-4 chores, you could be doing 6-8 things at a time.

  3. I need a Big Brother, Little Brother, and Bab-E Brother fix. Can't wait to see you this weekend!

  4. Uh yeah, 18 month olds don't get it either...good to know they still don't get it at 2.5 years. Pretty soon I will need several more arms. Maybe I could learn to use my legs and feet as arms and hands also. Good luck to us all! love, aunt-e