Me with My Three Sons, Christmas 2013!

My Three Sons

I’d like to introduce some of you to these kids, my boys, my three sons. It wasn’t until I was pregnant with my 3rd son that I became aware that there was a TV show called My Three Sons that aired from1960-1972. I would be walking around with two toddler boys and a big bulging belly, and I would get approached by women in their 50s and 60s and wonder if I’m finally getting my girl, and when I say no its another boy, they squeal and say “oh! My Three Sons!” and I politely smile and nod in confused agreement, and in my head I’m like huh? Ok! And then it kept happening and someone finally said oh there was a sitcom in the 60’s! My Three Sons!  Photo below, funny!

Image of My Three Sons I found on google images.
Image of My Three Sons I found on google images.

So let me tell you about MY three sons. First there is Jabin (Jay-bin). He has always had a very mature, responsible nature. He can definitely get silly and make us roar with laughter, but for the most part, I describe Jabin as my intelligent know it all. He reminds me of myself! He loves learning new things and is so proud to display his knowledge when quizzed. He gets frustrated when he doesn’t pick things up quickly, but then there are also times when he just rolls with being silly and wants no part in doing homework, and his neck cranes for the den, itching to watch an episode of Power Rangers, but it has to be Power Rangers Megaforce. Or else, we gotta problem Houston! He is the best big brother a mommy could ask for… well most of the time. Sometimes I catch him strategically planting his leg in front of his little brother’s walking path and giggling with delight when they don’t see his trap he set out to trip them and make them fall flat on their faces. He thinks its funny… and I threaten to beat him each time. He stopped. LOL Jabin is also uber dramatic. He can cry in .5 seconds flat. And not just any ol’ tears. Fat, crocodile tears.  See exhibit A. *this will be deleted as soon as he is old enough to read this blog on his own*


He was smiling one second, and crying the next. Record-time cryer here!
Exhibit A: He was smiling one second, and crying the next. Record-time cryer here!
Couldn't do my boy like that, here's a happy photo too! HA!
Couldn’t do my boy like that, here’s a happy photo too! HA!

Then there’s Caleb, my middle child who was born with the fireworks on Memorial Day in 2011. This kid is downright cluelessly hilarious. He doesn’t try to be funny, he just is. He is wild, has selective hearing, boyishly curious, and so so sweet. He’s the kid that looks at his older brother with puppy dog eyes and says “I luv you JayJay!” and when Jabin in turn just looks at him and turns his head, he patiently repeats, “JayJay, I luv you.” And I’m watching them in my rearview mirror, heart swelling at the loving exchange between my two oldest boys, and then when I notice Caleb’s cheeks drooping and bottom lip poking out because Jabin didn’t return an “I love you” back, I meet Jabin’s eyes and stergently (a mix between stern and gentle…basically you better do as I say) say “Jabin! Tell your brother you love him!” and Jabin tries to hide his smile and finally says it back through tight lips and older brother nonchalance…you know that air that says “you are little and annoying but I tolerate you”.

But Caleb is not always my sweet, loving, middle child. He calls everybody Booty Heads and Butt Heads…and I mean everybody. I remember a time he called a complete stranger at Target a booty head, but he did so in that way where he smiled at her as he said it, as if he was giving her the best compliment his little mind could come up with. Thankfully, she was older and couldn’t quite make out what he said. And I’m that mom that was chastising out loud but my inner self was rolling with laughter. Please tell me I’m not alone…. you know, when it takes everything within you to not bust out laughing at your children’s badness. Oh, and lets not forget about the time when he stared at an older African American lady, who admittedly had very hard features. We were in the check out line, and he stared and stared, as if trying to figure her out. He finally said, “are you a boy?” and I almost choked on my Starbucks coffee. “Caleb, come here honey! Caleb!!!”  I call out. But he stood and stared. The older hard looking lady leans in and says “what you say babaaayy?” in a perfect old lady shaky voice. Caleb remained planted in his staring stance, and started to repeat “are you a boy?” but i finished my red card Target swipe and made it in time to save myself! But the 20-something-year-old male cashier we had got an earful, and his eyes were sparkly with humor and the ends of his mouth twitched with the threat that there was a deep bubble of laughter lodged in his belly that desperately wanted out. We exchanged guilty smirks, and I hustled them kids out of there as fast as I possibly could!

Caleb aka CayCayBoy!
Caleb aka CayCayBoy!

Now on to my sweet baby boy Elijah! He’s only 14 months now, so he’s still sweet…most of the time. He’s in that stage where he loves to kiss, and he gives the cutest little pucker upper you’d ever see! No one can deny kissing him! At family gatherings you may even see a line or two of all the little cousins lined up just to see Eli pucker up for them.

He’s also a mommas boy, who can’t quite talk and who’s tantrums are still minimal. This is my boyyyyy right now! When the other two are at each others throats and crying over who’s kicked who in the throat (true story), this little gooey toddler just holds fast to my leg, looks up at me with those big surprised like pretty eyes, and reaches out with a “mum!” And I smile, ignore the other two, and pick him up and cuddle. See Exhibit B taken on his 1 year birthday!

Sweet baby Eli
Exhibit B: My sweet boy!

But I’m afraid that life with brothers has already started to plant seeds of mischief in his little spirit. He will walk up to Jabin and Caleb when they are quiet and peaceful, and open hand slap them right on the head and await their reaction with absolutely no expression on his face. Or pinch them on their belly while their shirts are off, and even pinch their “wee-wee” when they are preparing to get in the tub. Or stare right at my husband, swipe him upside his head and reach back for me. I secretly like when he does that though, shhhh (stalker moms unite!). But raising three boys, Elijah has surprised us with being the first one to scare the living daylights out of me at such a young age. I expect toddlers to swipe all of the DVD’s out of the cabinets multiple times a day, and I even expect to see them climb on top of a chair or even a table here and there. But never did I expect to see him strategically unlock the oven door, stand on top of it, and play with the burners! OOOOOMG! My heart stopped! But why is he so cute?! See Exhibit C. Its probably not a good idea to get him out of the oven and then kiss him huh? Yeah, didn’t think so.

Elijah standing on the oven and scaring mommy!
Exhibit C: Elijah standing on the oven and scaring mommy!

These are small little descriptions of my little knuckle head boys, my three sons. They keep me on my toes, they make me laugh, they bring me to my knees in prayer, and I worship the Lord even deeper because of their being. ..most of the time its with a soul cry of “Lord help meeeeee!” but….whatever it takes right? hahaah

What are some of your funny stories of or with your kiddies? Post below I’d love to chuckle with you!

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    I'm married to my first kiss, my first love, my 5th grade sweetheart. I resigned from a fun, sometimes glamorous career in PR where I promoted and marketed major motion pictures for a living to be a stay at home mom! Well, being a stay at home mom was not my first goal when I resigned. I just wanted to do something different, more challenging, and more fulfilling. And God answered that prayer by blessing the hands of my husband so that I can be at home full time for our family. My blog will explore "My Life With These Kids" and all the aspects of "that life" :)

    59 thoughts on “My Three Sons”

    1. Where are my emojis?! Caleb at Target and called the lady a man? And she reached in and thankfully didn’t hear what he said? Girl bah. Whew!
      Well my two kids- your other two- Ryan is smart mouthed and dramatic but smart as a whip, he basically told me we didn’t work hard enough because I wouldn’t pay the money to take him out to dinner two days in a row. He’s me reincarnated. Josiah is a bully by day and baby by night :) This morning he woke up at 5am and cried and cried when his daddy picked him up. BUT he only wanted me- YIPPPPEEE!! I’ll have to think of funny funnies!

    2. Once again, great work! You definitely have that literary talent that captivates your readers. I’ll share a story about my son that is not so funny, but made me very surprised! We where at the family reunion in Indianapolis, he was 1. As the family was meeting and greeting in the hospitality suite, there was a black boardin room. My son, barebarely able to walk, went over to blackboard and picked up a piece of chalk. Thinking he was about to put it in his mouth, he surprised me when he started to write his abc’s! So, always encourage your three sons when they do something good and tolerate their not so good behavior. Keep up the good work!

    3. HAHA super cute story!!! I love it!!
      My story is… One day Kainen was over my moms while I was working. He was about 3-4 yrs old and my mom would play a little game with him ie: asking where this is on his body, where is this in the house, where is mommy, auntie, etc. So she asked him where is daddy?? He said with a straight face “In Hell”! Now Steph you know my momma is like the sweetest, most modest, church lady you’d ever meet. So just imagine Kainen telling her KP was in hell!! She asked him why he say that, and his reply was….. Because my mommy always tell daddy to go there!!! Moral of the what you say because even when you think they’re not listening they are lol

    4. Hilarious! That lady knows she heard him the first time. That was her way of giving him an out. My face can’t hold water so I probably would’ve liked mortified. I love in Atlanta and that is often a real question. I hurry by because I know my child is loud and liable to say anything…

    5. Great job! My story is my Zoie is more like me than I often admit. She says exactly what comes to her mind. We too were in Target (one of my favorite stores) and a lady with horrible breath started talking to Zoie. The closer the lady got the more Zoie’s face started to turn up. With every ‘hi’ the lady said the worse it got. Finally Zoie said ‘it stinks in here! Go brush your teeth!’ I quickly rolled that basket away trying so hard not to laugh.

    6. Wow Stephanie, never a dull moment, 3 totally different personalities. You definitely have your work cut out for you. Do your thang super-momma, lol :-)

    7. Hilarious!! What an entertaining life! I bust out laughing about the target story!! bahahaha
      I have nothing on this yet but I’m sure I will eventually with a super determined, already walking and agressive 9 month old.

    8. ok but why am I up early – at the airport and rolling outbound at this post. I don’t know which made me laugh louder- Caleb at Target, “are you a boy,” or baby Eli testing his strength and picking with everyone else. Lol.

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    10. I literally laughed out loud so hard that I am crying from laughing at Caleb asking that lady if she was a boy?!!!? Hilarious!!!

      Love the descriptions…I feel like I know them.

    11. Loved reading about the boys. Of course we have already discussed how much my nephew Elijah and Caleb are comedians. I can recall a time waiting in line at a restaurant bathroom this woman cut in front of Elijah and I, he was maybe 4-5 yrs old and was upset by the lady walking in front of us. So he turned and looked up at me, face frowned up and asked “Why is her booty in her belly”? I nearly fell out on the floor. I just knew he was gonna ask why she jumped in front of us not ask about her shape!

    12. I remember when Jeovone’ was 3 years old and a Lady in the line at Target was admiring him and telling him how cute he was and such handsome dimples and gorgeous eyes. She turns to ask him what his name is after all those nice things she said to him, Jeovone’ says your breath stinks lady. And I was so embrassed and didn’t know what to say but sorry Mame. And left out of line went back into the store to shop some more to avoid standing in line behind her. Most embrassing moment.

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