"He got more than me!"
"His piece has more chocolate chips than mine!"
"It's not fair because he had three cookies earlier and I only had two!"
Who know how it goes. Then of course there is the additional they are different ages so things really don't seem fair. Josh can stay up later sometimes and it is okay, but the others are still too little. Or Caleb gets a treat for doing his reading lessons, but Josh feels that is unfair because he doesn't have lessons to do, because he already did them all. But I don't know how to make that fair. He already did them, he already got the treats a year ago. But it probably really does feel unfair to him now, so I totally get how he feels.
Life is like that for adults too, but we are like kids, it is hard for us to see how things are actually really quite fair. It is hard to break life up like a cookie, God has a hard job to help us see that things are fair. Some get some things, some get other things, and they come at different times, some are more grateful than others so they feel like they get more than the other person that is less grateful even though they actually have "less." I don't know how He puts up with all our whining all day long and not take everything away. Because that is totally my fall back. "You think this is unfair?! Fine, you get nothing! Now you know the meaning of unfair!" Yup, totally don't know how he doesn't take everything away, every day. He really is infinitely patient.
Tyson and I LOVE our boys. They are adorable and crazy and full of life and spontaneous and terrifying. They make us laugh and cry and pull our hair out and gasp for breath and cringe and plug our noses, they are our lives. But it is hard to not want what you don't have. It is plastered all around us. Cute little bows and frills and daddy-daughter dances, the way you see the Dad's melt when they reach up and take their hand. There are the ADORABLE shoes and the cutesy names and nail painting parties. Not to mention making a little person that actually looks like you and acts like you, whether that is a good thing or not. :) It is hard not to want it. Tyson and I really want a girl.
So with each pregnancy we keep thinking, this one has got to be a she. Each time I try harder and harder not to daydream. But those blasted thoughts sneak past my defenses and little glimpses of a tiny person sitting in front of me letting my play with her hair will hover in my dreams. I don't know how to explain it without sounding like I don't want my boys or don't love them. It isn't that at all. No weddings to plan, and all the babies my boys' wives have, I will be the mother-in-law, the one that isn't right there when things happen, the "other" mom. That is a wonderful job and I am really close to my mom-in-law, but she knows too, her own daughters are different than me. It just isn't the same. And every girl knows that there is nothing quite like your own mom there. Your own mom can say things and do things for you no one else can.
Everyone tells me, "be so thankful because girls are so much drama," "boys are so much easier," "girls cost so much," it goes on and on. But people wouldn't keep them if they weren't worth it. And why is it that some couples and families want so much for a boy and keep having girls, when there are people like us that so want a girl and keep having boys? Why are their couples that want so desperately to just have a baby but never can, when there are tons of unwanted babies born all the time? Why are there people that struggle with health and breathing and would give anything to be without sickness, when others are so healthy even though they take horrible care of themselves? Can you see why it is hard to see life as fair?
But it is! I don't know why we keep seeing this image on the ultrasound:
So, yes, as much as I fought it, I so wanted to find out today that I was going to have a mini me, a little Cami, a girl for my sweet Tyson to have wrapped around his finger. Oh I SO wanted that. I have a whole box just full of little girl ribbons and bows and cute dresses and books that I was so excited to share with my own daughter. Knowing I won't get that is heart breaking. The chance of me being able to go through pregnancy again is really slim. This time has been hard enough and I am only halfway through.
But God knows everything. He knows the whole picture. He knows what I need, He knows how blessed I am to have the piece of the cookie I have. And I am SO blessed. Why he trusts me with boys, I doubt I will ever know. I still remember the first time I tried to help Josh pee in the toilet and I just about died. I know so little about the priesthood and scouts and boys emotions and anatomy and the way they think. I am completely in shock and terrified most days at their need to create fires and war scenes and weapons and farting and burping and display their buggers or tell me about their poop. What the heck am I doing with boys? But He knows. And He apparently trusts me. Not with just one, but with five. Five. Five boys. I am going to be a mom to five boys. That is a huge responsibility. It scares the crap out of me.
But maybe it is because there are so few guys like Tyson. What a man. And what a man to teach them how to be men. So few boys out there have great role models and my boys have the best.
If you find yourself also surrounded by boys and a little daunted or reluctant at the task, maybe this will help. My mom sent me a list of the top ten reason to have five boys, here are some of my favorites:
-easy for hand-me-downs
-no special bedroom arrangements are needed
-I'll never have to pay for a wedding
-I have 20 years of people complementing me on my courage
-I should be able to get a mileage out of the "I need some girl time" excuse to get out of the house
-I will never have to mow the lawn or change a tire
-Tyson will never have to buy a gun :)
-My makeup and jewelry will always be my own
She is pretty awesome huh? So I have a lot to be grateful for and I really am, so grateful. I just have to shut that box away for awhile until I am ready to give that stuff away. And then be done and move on. So I may not ever get to have girls nights with my own girls, but that's okay. There are plenty of things to make up for that. Like the fact that I have yet again to go stop my boys from playing some mash up of spider man and pirates and minecraft and get them to lay down in their beds, again, so there won't be any ER trips tonight. Because we all know we have a lot of those in our future. I will consider it a miracle if we don't. :)
So in case you didn't figure it out, we got an ultrasound for baby #5 today and he is adorable. His little feet were kicking and he was yawning and stretching, less than two pounds of perfection. So we are very blessed with that. I know I have moments of whining and wallowing, but I am trying to look up and say "Thank you Father for this wonderful life that you have given me. Sorry I don't always see everything great about it and I am often jealous of others, but I am so very thankful."
I will just keep looking at this picture and that helps me see how perfect life is.