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This Is How I "Do It"

This past Thursday, I picked up my big girls from school and promptly headed downtown to the dentist for their semi-annual checkup and cleaning.

In the middle of the afternoon nap time for Gage and Paul, taking all four kids, three of which have appointments, isn’t exactly my idea of a good time.

Over the course of our outing to the dentist, at least 5 people (some of which we knew, some complete strangers) commented something to the tune of “I don’t know how you do it.”

Referencing taking all four of my children out in public at the same time.

It’s true, I get “I don’t know how you do it” comments daily. Because daily, I leave the house with all four of my children in tow. Not by choice, but because it’s usually my only option. I don’t have family it town, babysitters are expensive, and if I want to get simple errands done, the kids come with me.

But the thing is, I don’t do it well. I’m often the gal getting shifty eye glances from store employees as my two year old throws a fit in the middle of the checkout isle. I’m often the one getting sympathy looks when the baby won’t stop crying, no matter how I try to sooth him.

Temper tantrums from toddlers and uncontrollable crying from babies sometimes just happen, and I make no apologies. If you were in my situation, I’m betting you would feel the same way.

I don’t mind unsolicited “I don’t know how you do it” comments, I really don’t. I usually just give my best smile, and continue on my way.

So if you have ever wondered how a mom of many “does it”, she “does it” because it’s what she knows. She “does it” because it’s usually her only option.

Also, I “do it” because they’re my kids, and I enjoy it. Crazy, I know.

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