Please forgive the temporary pinch-hitting appearance, as I have no delusions of grandeur regarding competing with Airika’s past posts. I too have enjoyed Airika’s comments and pictures to the point of pestering her re: authoring new posts. The blog serves as a valuable resource to update family, friends and acquaintances who have been amazingly supportive during this time of extreme transition.
You may be wondering, at this point, why I’m risking potential dilution of this valuable space (and your time). No worries, Airika and the boys are all doing just fine. Cooper, Hudson and Nathan are growing fast and now look amazingly similar to Fletch at that stage. Fletch is definitely expressing himself in a more defiant manner (as we all expected), but his occasional ire is disproportionately focused towards his main disciplinarian (Airika) since I’m not around much of the time.
To answer the question, I’m writing in an attempt to express my gratitude and awe at how Airika manages to handle the unreasonable amount of responsibility placed on her shoulders with extraordinary fortitude and care. I’m often asked how I am holding up, and I can’t help but recall how it’s Airika who’s the one truly handling the needs of FIVE boys (yep – I’m lumping myself in that crew) while living in the movie “Groundhog Day”. Her days are literally photocopies of the day before dictated by the necessity of keeping Cooper, Hudson and Nathan on a specific schedule.
It doesn’t require an advanced degree to understand why God chose women to nurture children through all stages of life. I would’ve wilted into my own fetal position long ago. After all, how does any woman manage to unselfishly back burner a successful career, withstand the trials of a triplet pregnancy and delivery, attempt to recover some sense of physical and emotional normalcy after major surgery, while feeding triplets, continuously pump in preparation for future infant feasts (which requires overnight sessions) while simultaneously caring for a four-year-old, husband, house and visitors? I am literally unable to adequately articulate how Airika is doing it. She’s the only one capable of providing all of us with insight on this front. I guess that’s at least part of the reason we enjoy the blog posts as much as we do.
Air, we happen to agree that “things happen for a reason”. We also agree that we haven’t a freakin’ clue as to what that reason may be. I often joke by mentioning you by the nickname “The General”. Well, this crew of testosterone NEEDS every ounce of your leadership, and direction. I can’t promise we’ll figure out a way to properly express our collective appreciation, but I can promise to play a role in shaping our boys in a way that reflects all the wonderful characteristics you embody on a daily basis.
We love you.
(Now back to your regularly scheduled author)