Definitely the Third Child

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December 4, 2011 by themommahen

Perhaps we’re not quite ready to go to one nap. Or perhaps we are ready, but it needs to be earlier. Or maybe I’m a boring lunch date. All are entirely possible, but one thing’s for sure: Hatchling #3 is definitely a third child.

He would’ve been upstairs 30 minutes earlier, but I decided to give him a quick lunch/snack while I fixed the other Hatchlings’ lunches. I knew I was pushing it, but I didn’t realize that when he was blinking and winking at me while eating hummus and pretzels he was actually falling asleep. One minute he was asking for more hummus (“Da? Da?” which means “That? That?”) and the next his eyes just slid closed and his head tilted back just a bit, his hand still grasping a hummus-smeared pretzel.

I felt guilty about it for a minute and then did what any mother in my situation would do–grabbed my camera, called the other Hatchlings over to see and documented the moment.

And yes, Jaguwar, I did move him. (You’d think after three kids I’d know better.) But this time it didn’t bother him in the least.


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Walking in the snow So beautiful. But please let the power stay on. Morning chicken duty is always more fun when snow is falling. A little cold today. #brrr #beach I'm gonna Momma Hen you all for a minute with a gentle reminder that giving kids access to social media accounts -- whether theirs or yours, whether they're "old enough" or not -- without any guidance or oversight is not so different from letting your kid drive a car on the highway without any training. The damage may not be physical, and with a little luck there wont be any damage at all, but...images seen cannot be unseen, words said cannot be unsaid, things heard cannot be unheard. Birthdays are meant to be celebrated, even when it's back to school after an extended break. #12

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