Archive for December 30th, 2009

December 30, 2009

The good and the tough

My life is good. My heart is full. Some moments are tough.

Just because these children are the answer to many prayers, does not mean my days are nothing but sunshine and roses.  This parenting thing is hard!

So, in the interest of a little mommy-reality, here’s a quick break down:

The Tough

  • “Removing” a kicking, screaming, tantruming 3 year old from the playground with the eyes of the other parents burning into the back of your head.
  • Being the mom in the check out line at the store with a wailing child in her cart.
  • The whining. oh, the whining.  I hope my ears dont start to bleed from it all.
  • The constant battle of wills over going to school, getting dressed, brushing teeth, cleaning up, getting out of the bath, going to bed, ect ect ect.
  • The alligator tears.
  • The real tears.
  • The horrible, multiple times a night, night terrors.
  • The jealousy and mean words A endures every day.
  • Missing my wife.
  • The exhaustion and complete lack of any downtime.
  • The guilt, the doubt, the worry.

The Good

  • Being mommy.
  • Lots and lots of hugs and kisses, smiles, and “I love you”s.
  • 3 year old belly laughs.
  • Knowing that a child feels at home in your arms.
  • Family dance parties around the dining room table.
  • Snuggles and book reading in the evenings.
  • A sleeping baby on my chest.
  • Having a child trust you enough to show you their sad sides.
  • Glowing reports from daycare.
  • Imagination, learning, and being able to provide a child with the chance to grow and explore.
  • Having a whole new and wonderful relationship with my wife.  Having her support to get through the tough.
  • Having children teach me about the person I want to be.