One thing that moms with young kids constantly hear is, “Enjoy this time now because it flies by.” Listen, I understand. Many parents that say this to new parents or parents with young kids normally have older kids. And us parents with young kids feel extremely blessed, but this stage of life just plain sucks sometimes.
It hard to enjoy moments when:
Babies are sick and cry all night.
When the kiddos are sick and they can’t verbalize what hurts or what makes them feel better.
When you are a new mom with postpartum depression and you are completely and utterly overwhelmed.
When someone poops in the tub.
When someone throws a temper tantrum at the store because you won’t buy them a $40 panda bear for Valentine’s.
When you have to bathe 4 kids every night and you are so exhausted you contemplate showering yourself.
Trying to brush 4 kids’ teeth while they fight you.
When you finally get one twin to sleep and the other one starts crying.
When you barely talk to the hubby because you are exhausted after the kids go to bed.
When someone has a bad diaper and it leaks everywhere.
When you are a new mom and you literally have to decide whether you want to eat while the baby naps or eat something… sleep always wins.
I’m sure every stage of life has it’s positive and negatives. Somedays are better than others and with the kids getting older (ages 5, 3, and 2 – 2-year-olds in 2017) some things are getting a bit easier and then some things get more challenging. I’m sure having 4 young kids only magnifies everything too. So, to all the new parents and parents with young kids…I’m with you. Know that sometimes you need the hard times to be thankful for the good times. Know that when someone tells you to enjoy this time not to feel guilty that it’s not all sunshine and rainbows every minute of every day.
Don’t feel guilty when you are about to lose it or you are starting to run out of patience. When it’s so loud in your house you can barely stand it. Until then, know that we need to stick together and get through this season because one day we will look back, miss the good memories, laugh at the bad ones, and wish we could go back.