The biggest of shoutouts to the fabulous JoieWilder for once again renovating the Rosebrook household, and making it more beautiful than ever before! Thank you SO much! It’s perfect. ❤
I think there are two things that no handbook or video or parenting class can ever prepare you for about having kids.
One, how much love you can possibly feel for another human being (or in my case, two of them).
And two, how fucking annoying it is to get woken up by a pair of screaming babies at 3am (sometimes a trio… thanks, little sis).
But, no matter what… It’s definitely worth it.
Having Jocelyne and Lucas is the greatest thing that’s ever happened to me. Seriously. They’re just… perfect. Even when they’re pooping and spitting up all over the place and it’s super disgusting, I don’t care.
I love being their Papa. And I love watching Colette be an amazing Mama, too.
It’s not easy, of course. I knew it wouldn’t be. And having Clara to help take care of too doesn’t help, much as I love her.
But things have been getting a lot better since we moved back into our house… It’s a lot bigger, and there are kind of a lot of changes.
Even the yard got a makeover. It’s pretty amazing (and I’ve been dreaming of having a pool ever since I was a little kid, so… score!)
There are some big changes on the inside too though. We’ve got a nice big nursery now for all the babies to share, and even a playroom too, for when they’re a little older.
We all got upgraded to bigger bedrooms too… That’s pretty awesome. And I think Stefan’s especially excited about his. He kinda drew the short straw back when we were kids. Guess this makes up for it now.
And as for grandpa and vovó… They technically don’t even live in the house anymore. Crazy, right?
They surprised us all by building a little cottage for themselves out on the edge of the property… I guess they wanted to get away from the craziness of having three babies around, huh? But they still help out a lot, and even take the kids for the night sometimes, when Colette and I have exams or work in the morning. At first, it was kinda hard to say yes… but we kept thinking about what Nora said. And it’s getting easier and easier to let them help.
So yeah. The new house is pretty incredible. And no matter how different everything is… It still feels like home. And I think that’s the most important part.
There are still some things I’m getting used to though… Like letting Lettie take over half my bedroom. Everything’s so… pink. And girly. And I had to move around a whole bunch of stuff to make room for her.
I guess the good news is that I ended up finding that baseball card while I was moving some of my old junk. The one with Nora’s Bruder on it, I mean. It was kinda cool to look at it. Maybe because it reminds me of her, and how much she helped us. So instead of packing it away with the rest of them, I decided to keep it out – on the one corner of the dresser that’s still mine, that is.
Anyway, I know I’m complaining but… I think I secretly love seeing Colette’s stuff everywhere. It makes it feel real, y’know? That she’s a part of the family now…
And that in less than two months, she’ll be my wife.
I don’t think I ever could have imagined that I’d have a wife and two children by the time I was eighteen. I mean, Jesus. Who would? It’s pretty damn crazy. And maybe it’s not exactly how I would have wanted things to happen… But you know what?
I don’t think I’d change any of this for the world.
Note: Inspired by the fact that the twins’ names are French and some discussion in my story thread about character name pronunciation, I have created a Name Pronunciation Guide in my “Characters” section of my blog, which I will continue to update with future character names that are pronounced differently than you may expect 🙂 As a native English speaker, some of my own characters’ names are actually pronounced differently than how I normally would say them, so I thought this might be helpful for people to know the “canon”/”official” pronunciations! 🙂