Shelby looked at me, shook his little head and said, "Mommy, are you EVER going to get off the couch?" To which I replied, after I had started sobbing, "Nooooo, I don't think so!"
Oh for Pete's sake.
Thankfully, we survived. Maddy was born, and now my cute little munchkins are so grown up.
To all of you who are parenting little ones, navigating your way through pregnancies and piles of diapers--hang in there. These days, full of things that seem so never ending and exhausting, are fleeting. There are many things I wish I'd done differently, you'll someday feel the same. While it would be nice if each kid popped out with his/her own manual, this isn't how it goes and so we will all make mistakes. It's life.
Here are a few things I've learned over the years...
~Hug your kids...a lot! Hug them, kiss them, squeeze them tightly. Stop whatever you are doing and take time to let them sit in your lap. Tell them you love them, even if they they roll their eyes and say, "I know, Mom. Geez!"
~Let them be goofy.
~Let them play outside and get dirty. After that...let them bring home bugs and sticks and rocks and dandelions. When they offer you the gift of a gravel rock that they painted, accept it with a smile.
~Let them paint the graffiti on the wall, play dress up, and make a mess baking cupcakes.
~Love them enough to let them go through the tough things, and be thankful for every single day that you are blessed to be with them.
~Play ball, build a snowman, cherish the laughter, and play in the yard.
~Coach that team.
~Love every handmade birthday card and Christmas gift. Put those sweet little drawings and paintings on the fridge.
~Laugh. Laugh. Laugh.