Friday, October 26, 2012

Better than I expected

We watched "What to Expect When You're Expecting" this week. My short review: I thought it was laugh-out-loud hilarious. And oh-so true. Starting a family, as with so many other things in life, is never exactly what you expect.

Sometimes it {whatever it is ...} is even better. 

Like our story: We tried for a couple years to become pregnant. There were various factors and we ended up turning our attention to adoption. We adopted twice and are open to adopting again. It's probably the greatest example of how not getting what we expected turned into the greatest blessing.

We have had friends who have miscarried, waited longer than seemed necessary to finally hold that baby, been surprised with pregnancy, and adopted. These stories make our families who we are.

And like this movie. So worth watching, especially after a packed day of balancing productivity, mothering, transporting people, and general living when there are still six loads of laundry to fold.

Have you seen the movie? If so, do you remember Jordan? He's the sword- and stick-welding boy who gets stuck in a soccer net, finds a dead cat and falls down concrete stairs while his daddy walks as part of a daddies group. He made me laugh more than anyone in the whole movie because he's just like Ben.

If you haven't seen the movie, or even if you have and just want a good laugh, watch the movie trailer. You'll see Jordan. Think of Ben.

And maybe you'll catch a glimpse of why I think being a boy mom is hard. But also why I want to remember.

Oh, you want more glimpses, here you go.

He's all boy. He's funny and animated. He keeps me on my toes as he likes to climb with his. And he likes to carry sticks, even when he thinks putting them in the waistband of his sweatpants is a good solution to not having pockets.

You never know when the unexpected will come your way. So be ready, you know, as much as you can. And hopefully you'll laugh along the way.

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