When my daughter was very young, I once told her that when she had children, I hoped she had a dozen because she would drive one or two insane.
It was not one of my finer moments but I think she has forgiven me and perhaps even understands how I was feeling at the time.
Amanda, by the age of 3, had spoken probably twice as many words as I had as an adult. And twice as fast. She was incredibly organized, had way too much energy and wise beyond her years.
And yes, she drove me crazy at times but no less so than I drove her. How could someone talk so much, I wondered? How can someone have so little to say, she wondered.
“How can you just sit there and not talk?” she asked me and her brother once. We looked at her and shrugged.
I love her dearly – always have – and continue to be as amazed by her these days as I was 28 years ago when she made her arrival. (Happy Birthday, baby girl.)
She and her husband Adam added a third daughter to their family in May. While Amanda is a long way away (thank goodness) from having a dozen children, she admits three can be a handful. But if anyone can be successful at raising three little girls, she can. (And she is beginning to understand why her mother had “that look” on her face so often when she was growing up.)
Daughter #3 is named Jillian Marie. I am proud to say she has my middle name although I was not so crazy about it growing up. I was named after my dad’s half-sister. Amanda’s grandmother is a Marie also. It’s nice to see the name be carried through a new generation.
Jilli, as her parents call her, is a dark-haired, dark-eyed beauty, very alert and feisty. Much like her older sisters Claire and Lucy. Much like her mother.
Not that I’m partial or anything.
Oh, things will be interesting in that household as the years go by.
Adam has received some amount of sympathy – mostly of the good-natured sort – because he is the only man trapped in a household with four women. I don’t feel a bit sorry for him – I think he’s the luckiest man on earth.
And me, I’m a very blessed Meanie Ma.