I see you back there, in the hindsight that time and growth gives us all, harried, stressed, exhausted. There's barely time to sit down and nurse the baby before you need to jump back up and kiss someone's boo-boo or help with homework, while listening to another child practice reading aloud while you are making dinner. It's insanity. And let me tell you: It gets Different.
Is it better? EveryParent while Dadam is away bringing home the TurkeyBacon is never easy. But in my reality, there are no more diapers and no more nursing time outs. Now there are games of catch to play and fraction problems to check. There are discussions about what "peace" means and which President should be added to Mount Rushmore. There are rag rugs to work on and instruments to practice. There is orthodontic work to clean and chapter books to be read.
Don't despair though! Our children are amazing and the time and energy and Love you are giving them in PriorReality is paying it forward. They love to laugh and do so easily. They are open and honest and talkative. There is always much to share and learn. They all four help set the table and they clean it up afterwards. They empty the dishwasher and load it again. They can even clear the table and put away the leftovers. And right now they are all in the special Years of Little Attitude. And it is lovely.
My goodness the beautiful and amazing children we have helped to grow. How I love them, how I know you love them. I know there is still work and I hope one day SubsequentMother will search for you and I and thank us.
Until then let us endeavor to savor every moment, try to relax and laugh, to Love them in total and completely. And to Love ourselves for who we are and what we do.
Thank you so much for all your hard work. With my utmost love and respect,