The Merry-Go-Round

As a mom some moments are so exhilarating and fun and then you’re thrown from the merry-go-round of mommyhood and wanna cry (but that’s only acceptable for your kids to do in public). One minute your kids are sweet and loving and obedient and the next they are cutting their hair, running into the street, hitting each other and crying at your leg because of what the other one has done. It can make you crazy and make you doubt that you’re doing anything right as a parent.

I have a tendency to look at all the hard stuff and think that I’m all bad; I’m too impatient, I expect too much, I get angry when they fight, and on and on. Do you ever do this? I’m thankful that it usually only takes a few minutes of alone time to gain perspective and see that it’s mostly small stuff and that it’s not that bad. Just a few moments in prayer and reading some good, grounding truth from God is enough to anchor any crazy mommy melt down for me. I’m thankful for His grace, that He loves my kids more than I do and for the reminder that He (and my kids) don’t expect perfection.

The days are long but the years are short. And this week has been a reminder of that. We abruptly went from a crib to a toddler bed for Isaac when we found him planking on the edge of it. And he has done amazingly! Shocking really because he has never been a good sleeper. He has slept better this way than he ever has before. And Jenna, she graduates from preschool on the 24th. I’m trying to tell myself even now I am not allowed to cry. She even has her first tooth that is about to fall out. How can this be happening so fast? My babies are growing up. So when I have a bad day it’s easy to look at how quickly things are changing and know, this too shall pass (so quickly really). Tantrums and all (mine included) I don’t want to miss it, these are priceless (although exhausting) days.

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