This has been on my mind a lot lately. Maybe because I'm trying really hard not to take anything or anyone for granted. And even as I type that last sentence, I know darn well I take so much for granted.
Let's be honest here, lately my kids have been driving me nuts. Not going to lie! Let's rewind about three years. I'm a new Mom, just loving life on maternity leave. And as I'm sitting there rocking my very content little baby boy I'm thinking, this is easier than I thought it would be! (once we got nursing down and a c-section out of the way that is ;)) Not saying that looking after one baby is a piece of pie but man oh man do I wish I could go back to that more often than not lately.
But. This is where my perspective comes in.
My son. Oh my beautiful, chubby cheeks, soaks everything in to the max, son. He loves to take his sweet time.
There I am, blowing my top because he is so painfully slow to even GET to the porch, never mind the getting dressed part. Just to see that he had to give sister a hug first before continuing on his way.
There I am, steam coming out both ears when all I want him to do is Get. In. The. Van. and there he is gallavanting in the waist high snow, because it's so beautiful out Mom, just look how nice it is!
He will do the pee dance like no other, I swear!! Unbelievable. Play dough is just way more important than peeing. "I don't want to pee right now"! So when I finally convince him to go to the bathroom he pees alright. Everywhere but the toilet!!!!!!!! Oy. I'm telling you, whatever you do, do not read newspapers/magazines in our bathroom.
Not to mention he fights with his sister constantly! Siblings fighting is going to be the end of me.....lol. And I know it's just the beginning!
And Miss Ali, precious, devious, coniving, breathtakingly adorable little whirlwind that she is, just about pushes me over the edge!!!!
Just when I think I have her beat, I find her on the kitchen table.
And then there's a toothbrush in the toilet!
And then there's a toothbrush in the scentsy pot!
And then she's flying past me with a grilled cheese crust in her hand from the garbage can!
And she dearly loves the poke the bear aka Tanner!
And then she's pulling someone's hair!
Then she's dragging someone around by their shirt or teething necklace!
Then she's outright slapping people.
And last but not least she is shoving peas up her nose! (definitely not the last story in my books of either of them!!)
So, your probably wondering where I'm going with this? I may sound like I complain a lot. And perhaps I do. But know this, I LOVE all of the above. ALL. Of. It. I would not trade it for the world. Yes my kids drive me nuts on a daily basis, but I HAVE kids to drive me nuts! That's pretty friggon awesome. Yes my son likes to take his time but there is a reason for that and that quality will help him excel at something, someday in his life. In fact I should follow his example more! My daughter is going to be a beautiful woman who will stand up for herself and be exactly who she wants to be.
To wrap this post up, when you feel as though all your doing is complaining, take a step back and really look at what's going on. And if you have to, look up the definition of perspective. It's not always as bad as we make it out to be!
Ps. People with no kids, give parents a huge pat on the back! It's so so hard to be a parent and I don't think we get enough credit for what we do! We are trying so very hard to make our children model citizens for this crazy world we are in! Cheers!