Sunday, June 12, 2011

Friends From in the Womb

Today we've had a wonderfully lazy, fun Sunday. We slept in (some of us at least...) and lounged about until after noon and then did some much needed grocery shopping to feel like we'd actually accomplished something today. After bringing the perishable stuff home and putting it away we headed off to the Pirate Ship Park to meet up with some friends we hadn't seen in a while. It was good times catching up with R while her daughter E, who is just 5 months younger than Tobias played at the park along with our three boys.

Tobias and E were destined to be friends before they were even named LOL. Rachel and I met at the bus station when we were both pregnant still. It turned out we worked together. We chatted and enjoyed each others company and then realized we planned on doing a lot of the same parenting things with our yet to be born babies. Then after Tobias was born and I'd left my job she ended up moving on to the same street I lived on without even knowing I lived there. In fact, it turned out we even shared family!!! One of my aunts was her partners Dad's partner (did you follow that? LOL).

E was born on a cold clear February morning and I headed to the hospital to help with breastfeeding when she was just a few hours old (our local hospital is not known for it's support with breastfeeding... but that's another post). I ended up staying there until about 10:00 at night. When they came home I was there every day and it was the start of a pattern that lasted the whole time we lived down the street from each other. We never went a day without seeing each other unless we were out of town and therefore the kids spent nearly as much time together as they would've if they had been siblings.

It's funny to see them together now. The five month age spacing doesn't matter much now that they are both four, but yet she is still a "baby" to Tobias who sees her more as the annoying little sister (whom he is of course fiercely protective of) than the best friend. Of course she feels the same way about Linus who is less than a year younger than her so I suppose it's just the way of the world.

We don't see them nearly as much as we used to (although we can always count on the August long weekend visit as it's a family reunion that we share together), but still I remember those days fondly. The kids have grown up like crazycakes. I can't believe that once upon a time they were just hopes and dreams of possibility inside us.
Tobias' WTF face when I held her as a new baby

T and E Father's Day 2007

Wearing Two for the very first time! Summer '07

Tobias (almost 4) and E (3.5) in August, 2010


  1. Couldn't have said it better myself :)

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  3. E told me on the way home in the car that the boy with the black beard on his face was going to kill Tobias and her, so Tobias fought their would-be killer and saved them both (flare for the dramatic much). She said it so matter of fact, like of course Tobias would save her. This, coming from the little girl who wants to grow up to be a doctor, a mom and most of all, a super hero! LOL. Guess even super heros need someone they know will always protect them.

    p.s. E would want me to point out that there is 1 year, 10 months and and 23 days (give or take a day or two) between her and Linus. Well, she would if she could do the math. LOL. In fact, Linus was born 2 years after Enid's "due date"

  4. LOL that's too funny about the boy with the black beard...

    And you are right about E and Linus... all of their ages just blend right together for me. Still... I think he'll always be the baby that he was when we were at her second birthday party to her. No matter how many baby siblings he has after him. Kids are funny ;-)