Sunday, April 10, 2016

Sol 36

Have you read The Martian?  More importantly, have you watched The Martian?  The film stars Matt Damon - my favorite Hollywood icon.  You must watch the movie for the lovely acting and shirtless moment delivered by Matt Damon.  (Swoon.)

The final moment in the film when Mark Watney (Damon) is explaining his key to successful survival if frequently played in the internal workings of my mind:

"At some point, everything's gonna go south on you... everything's going to go south and you're going to say, this is it. This is how I end. Now you can either accept that, or you can get to work. That's all it is. You just begin. You do the math. You solve one problem... and you solve the next one... and then the next. And If you solve enough problems, you get to come home. All right, questions?"

For some reason, I think the wisdom obtained from Mark Watney's survival on Mars is relevant to my survival of the first five weeks of fatherhood.

I am grateful for our son and our daughter and our time together so far.  I glow in much love and gratitude for my life in its current state.  At night when the babies are sleeping, my dogs are sleeping, and my husband is sleeping I pause to say thank you to the universe and my beautiful normal everyday life.  This is all I really ever wanted in life: A two story house, the best husband, babies and lots and lots of dogs.

I'm living my dream and it's kicking me in the ass. 

Having twins is not easy.  My current analysis at 5 weeks is that this is so much more difficult than I expected.  We have nieces and nephews, and when I was 18 years old I lived with my cousin for two months in Austin and she had a toddler and an infant.  I felt prepared.  I was not prepared.  

The joyous news is that the babies are thriving.  At the one month visit our pediatrician said he could not be more pleased with their progress.  Success.  This is what success feels like?  I'm enjoying the daily challenges of fatherhood.  I'm really enjoying watching my husband be a father - he's good at everything.  And like Mark Watney said, "at some point, everything's gonna go south on can either accept that, or you can get to work.  That's all it is. You just solve one problem...and you solve the next one..."


  1. What a beautiful post. Sending love to you all.

  2. Also, I wonder if some readers think this is your dog commenting?

  3. Before I comment on your blog, I have to tell you, Sarah Dooley, that you just cracked me up. Oh my. Big laughing here!!!
    And to the blogger, my precious son, it's wonderful that you appreciate everything, And baby twins are just unbelievably sweet and require so much repetitive work every day. You feed them 16 times a day, and you prepare 32 bottles a day, since they each take one bottle of breast milk and one of formula. And then repeat, and repeat again, and again. You are doing great. It feels difficult because IT IS! And it will eventually get so much better. But I know that seems far off. I saw twins in a basket side-by-side at Central Market today. I asked how old they were and she said 18 months. YOu have so much fun ahead of you. And we all can help more. Every time I come home from 2 nights at your house, I am exhausted. It's sweet as anything in the world, but the repetition and the way you can't do much else, is really hard. Love, love this precious family of four.
    Now I am going to think of Sarah Dooley's post some more for some more laughing. :)

  4. And that is a precious picture!