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Guest Blog!

We've got a guest appearance today from my girlfriend Abby.  Since she's part of my Mommy Focus Group and, let's face it, I quote her all the time in this thing, I think it's only appropriate that from time to time you hear from her directly.  Her two children are three years and three months.

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When Isaiah was 18 months, a friend of mine-- a mother of three-- mentioned that is was easier for her to have other kids over for play dates than it was to just have her own.  I found the notion unfathomable:  any time I watched another child, I had to be on top of them, negotiating toy sharing and keeping pushing, hitting and screaming to a minimum.  After the allotted time of constant vigilance, I was usually more than ready for the play date to end.  In fact, I would be ready for my husband to come home, take Isaiah and let me sit alone in my room for a few minutes.  (Did I mention that I am an introvert?)  

Today, I am the mother of a 3 year old and a 3 month old.  Our next-door neighbor, Anna Belle (2 1/2) is over for a playdate.  Isaiah and Anna Belle are making dinner together in our toy kitchen, Joshua is sleeping in his crib, and I am writing this blog.  I discovered the new delight of play dates by accident when I was pregnant with Joshua.  From that point, on particularly difficult days, I would call my neighbor and offer (I would have begged if I had to . . . ) to have Anna Belle come over to play.  I thought of her as my secret weapon.  I am still in the business of negotiating during play dates, and I write this where I can see or at least hear them playing.   But having her here is a break more than extra work.  For a few moments the sometimes charming, sometimes wearying, endless stream of 3-year-old questions has stopped.  ("Mom, where does poop grow?" was the question of the day.)   I savor this new stage as much as I enjoy overhearing their playful chatter.  Recently I caught Isaiah nursing Curious George at his belly button while Anna Belle read them a book.   They were huddled together with twenty books in an empty laundry basket and they looked like an old married couple.
I just heard a thump in the other room and Anna Belle is crying.  I hear Isaiah saying, "Sorry, Anna Belle, it was an accident."   At least this time I won't be a negotiator as much as a quick comforter.


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