Now that both of our boys are finally in school, and have been there a solid two weeks without running away, Matt and I are finally free to start working on some things that we’ve been putting off for, oh, four years just about.
Then our oldest, Atticus, decided to start in again with the “I want a baby sister” talk.
This is not going to happen.
We’ve had this talk before, and I’ve usually been pretty good at convincing him that our family is perfect as is and we don’t need another child. ”Atticus, you know babies don’t actually do much of anything, right? And all the adventures we went on this summer — Disney World, Sesame Place, your Aunt Ro’s in the Hamptons, the zoo, the aquarium, Coney Island — we couldn’t have done really any of that if mommy was pregnant, or we had a little baby at home.”
"I don’t care. I want a sister. I want you to have twins! A boy and a girl, so I have two new siblings to play with.”
I don’t know how I went from talking him out of this to double or nothing.
"Buddy, if we have two babies, Mommy isn’t going to have time to work, or write more cookbooks, or do any of the other stuff she and Daddy have planned for Robicelli’s. Stuff we’ve been waiting, well, since Toby was born to do. And besides, you can’t really do all that much with babies until they’re two, and if I got pregnant today, they wouldn’t be two until you were nine years old! Can you imagine not being able to have any adventures until you’re nine?!?!?”
"Yep. I can’t wait. Still want a sister."
And this is where I made the dumbest move of my entire life.
"Are you sure you want a sister? Wouldn’t you rather get a puppy instead?"
WHY THE HELL DID I SAY THAT.
Now I’ve got Atticus wanting a puppy, who immediately came home and told Toby, who’s also on board. I told them we needed a bigger apartment which wasn’t going to happen just yet, and waited for saner minds to get home to help me talk the boys into waiting a year or two.
Now my husband also wants a puppy.
If anyone has any ideas how I get out of this, let me know on Twitter. Or if you’re in Bay Ridge, stop by the Farmer’s Market on 95th and 3rd between 9 and 3 tomorrow, where Matt and I will be doing a caramel apple demo with local apples (duh), and our homemade Toigo Farms honey caramel sauce. You can tell Matt to knock this crap off in person — like how he’s been sending me text messages with pictures like this:
Pear Mascarpone: Pear cake, mascarpone buttercream, pear chip
Pecan Pie: Pecan molasses cake, vanilla buttercream, glazed pecans
Car Bomb: Chocolate Guinness stout cake, Jameson whiskey ganache, Bailey’s buttercream
Pumpkin Spice Latte: Pumpkin cake, espresso mascarpone buttercream, crushed chocolate espresso beans