I was talking to my friend Kim about how I am not the kind of mom who gets overly emotional about physical stuff with my kids. When they get shots (like vaccinations), I don't feel bad because it is necessary to protect them. When they get sick, I am sympathetic and offer comfort but I don't worry endlessly because I know they need to experience these illnesses to build up immunity. I've never once cried at a doctor's appointment due to seeing my child in pain. I used to feel so bad that I didn't have this mother gene until I realized it sets me up to be a fearless twin boy mom.
Alex is usually the one who makes other moms' hearts stop. He runs into walls with full force. He throws himself on the ground. He jumps off high things. He's been doing this kind of stuff since he could scoot so I've gotten used to it. If there are no tears, I yell out, "Pop up buddy!" and he gets up and walks away from some of the craziest accidents you will see.
Yesterday Nate was the one making other moms' hearts stop at the pool. There's a little one foot diving board that he has been going off. Yesterday he said he was going off the big diving board, the 1 meter board. Add in the distance from the side of the pool to the water and the height is taller than he is.
He climbed right up and jumped off. The parents sitting around the deep end asked how old he was. He put some scared teenage girls to SHAME when they acted scared to go off. After the kid before him ran to the end of the board and jumped off, he did the same.
We had to stop him when someone did a backflip and he turned around, lifted him arms over his head, and got ready to fall in backwards. When we told him no, he pouted, sat on the edge and said, "But I want to do a backflip!"
The only time he stopped jumping was when he realized people were watching. He got out of line and I asked why. He said, "People are LOOKING AT ME." I told him they were looking at him because he was so little and so brave to jump off such a big board. He said, "If they look at me, they need to cheer for me. Tell them to clap for me."
How can a little boy be such a diva already?