As a stay at home mommy, with a husband who works full time (and sometimes, very full time with overtime), I often get caught up in life and what needs to be done and the stress of being home with 3 little ones all day, every day, and don't take the time I should to enjoy the little things, and most of all, really enjoy my children. This article is right when it says we all want to get this right. But the truth is....there is no "right" way to parenting. I supposed that's why we, as the article also says, read books, talk to family and friends, and seek all the advice we can, to do this "the right way" according to what we think is the right way. In doing that, we lose sight of what is truly important.
I know for me, I often get caught up in the housework and errands and bills that need to be paid, and homework I need to get done, and all of that takes away from what is truly important and what I need to take more time to soak up and enjoy. I get caught up in the toddler temper tantrums, in the things the twins do to "push my buttons" instead of the thousands of little things they do to melt my heart and make my life worthwhile.
The night wakings pass and before you know it, you're sleeping 4 hour stretches, or (*gasp!*) all. night. LONG!
With 3 kiddos in diapers right now, there are days that it seems like all I do is change diapers. But before I know it, the twins will be done with them, and I'll have only one in diapers. And soon after that, none. It's sad to think, and not something I thought I'd be sad about! I won't be sad to save that money, but just the experience itself, if that makes any sense.
Though toddler tantrums are never fun to deal with, and something you wouldn't think you would ever miss......I know there will be a day I miss them.
(For some reason I never caught any of Connor's tantrums on camera....)
I know I have many years of giggles and tiny arms around my neck left. But it's important to me to soak up every single itty bitty little teeny weeny second from the day they were born until the day I don't have these things anymore, and I feel like I haven't taken enough time in the almost 3 years since they were born so really enjoy the things I'm going to miss and lose at some point as our children grow.
So I need to approach each day with a new outlook, and cherish every second more than I do. Because before I know it, I will be yearning for all of this back, and it'll be too late.