I used to buy so much at the grocery store and now I only need a few items. I felt so sorry for this woman I wanted to cry right there between the breakfast bars and the sea salt brownie petites. Oh man, not that again! You are so pretty and so nice. And 8-year-old Dylan is so loving and sweet with all her younger siblings that sometimes I just stare at her with so much love and pride that I feel like my heart is going to explode. My point is — I really adore my kids but this phase of my life is grueling. There are no days off. I barely shut my eyes at night and someone is calling me because they have to go to the bathroom, they want to be tucked in or their blanket is folded wrong.
I barely open my eyes in the morning and someone is fighting over something with somebody else. There are lunches to be made, days to organize and constant clean up. I squeeze in time for my husband, writing, exercise and friendships but mostly this time of my life is all about taking care of these little people. An amazing, crazy, chaotic, rewarding time? The best? Did I mention how much fun I had in college?! I feel very grateful. Oh absolutely. I remember feeling the exact same way. My mother would tell me to treasure every moment, it goes by so fast. Now I am facing my oldest leaving for college and I would do anything to go back in time.
Love this!! And completely agree. Bad Mother. She speaks about this same issue also with humor. I love your honesty here K, and I totally agree. I love my monkeys but really really had a fine time traveling the world playing soccer and clubbing post college too. In parenthood the days are long but the years are oh so short. My grandmother used to tell me that those were the best days of my life. Now that my oldest is gone and the youngest is a short-timer here I wish I had had more children and I realize how wonderful those days were.
Grueling and exhausting, but marvelous, too. I am not sure if you read momastery. I feel like I was reading about my life! And I only have 3. But I think the 2 year old twins thing definitely feels like we are carting round a nursery class. Sometimes you can almost feel the glares burning into your back!
It is what it is though and to be honest, the fact that we get of of the house in the first place deserves some sort of respect! I hear you, it is completely wonderful and rewarding but down right hard and tiring and sometimes just sitting down with a cup of coffee, a magazine and your feet up would feel like winning the lottery. I loved this, Kelcey. That is all I can say. I enjoyed reading this post this morning.
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With a 5 year, 3 year, 2 year and 7 month baby I typically get the same looks and comments. So I feel your pain at the grocery store Kelcey. College ruins it for the rest of our lives. Chase… too much. Those boys. My son who is almost 13! Beautifully put! I appreciate the reminder to stop and be grateful but also realistic. I loved that—it is a perfect description of what we do as mamas. You have described my life.
My favorite moment at the grocery store with all five kids is this: Oldest stepdaughter has one baby twin, one of my stepsons has other baby twin and other stepson is getting the cart situated for placement of baby twins. We have one more at home with my dad! I think I totally missed out in college. I was too busy studying and being involved in five dozen extracurricular activities and working and building my resume to have any fun. I think I went to the re-release of ET.
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