Those of you with small children are quietly asking, "Um, personal space? What's that?"
The mind has a funny way of forgetting just how intensely close and touchy a newborn baby is. (And really, if you have to be clung to by any variety of human, isn't the tiniest and most snuggly the best choice?)
Before he was born, my personal space violations often had to do with not being able to pee in peace or having boogers wiped on my shoulder. Not too bad. But now? Things are a bit different. Now, I've got a frequently nursing snuggly little new baby on my person more often than not. Which is manageable, until the rest follow suit.
Because, you see, they LOVE their brother. And that LOVE is trumped by no other, including love of their mom or dad. They want to be where he is. Right where he is. In fact, it seems that the closer they can get, the happier they are.
Which is why I often find myself nursing the baby with a toddler "hugging" him, (or rather, it's laying on him and saying, "awwwwwww." It's like double-decker boys). Meanwhile, Caly parks herself on my shoulders and Lex wiggles her way under one of my arms.
This wouldn't be that bad if they would JUST stay STILL. But instead, I'm a Mom trapped beneath a squirming, squealing, poking, bouncing mass of children.
I know it won't last forever. And there's something special about having all of my little ones snuggled up to me at the same time.
But someone might need to remind me of that while I'm fending off small toes from my poking into my ears and dodging flying limbs to the head. And if that person can arrange for me to pee without tiny "helpers?" Bonus!