Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Postcards from toddler-dom!

So lately, what with having a fourth child and everything, it seems like all I do all day is take care of children. And yes, I'm a stay at home mom, its what I do essentially. But when I mean ALL I do all day is take care of children I mean ALL I do all day is take care of children.

Theres a constant din in the background. I have to sometimes force myself to take a timeout from discipling everyone else! When I'm not breaking up fights I'm answering to the myriad demands of 3 tiny very demanding people. When they're not fighting or demanding they're eating....usually food I provide for them and have to cook. And when they're not eating they're asking me questions. Like "But what does Belle say to the Beast when he stops being a Beast?" or "Where does the sun live?" or "Why do I have to go to the corner for hitting Dom with a toy hockey stick?" Oh, and when all that isn't going on and sometimes at the same time, they're all creating individual works of vague mess.



Sometimes in the midst of all this toddler-ness that "To whom much is given, much will be required" quote hits me. And then I think, "Damn right!" or "Hells to the yes" or "True dat". Most days its asked of me constantly, times four little mouths. Don't you just hate when quotes from the Gospel up and hit you in the middle of your real life?

All this is to be expected when you have three toddlers so close in age- all the fighting, questions, noise, mess, repeating, teaching, cuddling, nurturing, that is. Clearly if it was easy to have multiple children close in age everyone these days would be doing it. But its just not.

I am deep in toddlerhood. So deep I can't imagine what the other side must be like. So deep I can barely imagine popping out the other side!


But hopefully if we keep on slogging through we'll make it. Right?? 

"To maintain a joyful family requires much from both the parents and the children. Each member of the family has to become, in a special way, the servant of the others."
-Blessed John Paul II




1 comment:

  1. Or, "Is dere a floor in Heaven?"

    Yep, we're deep in it, too. I just keep trusting what everyone says - "It goes by too fast," and, "Hug your kids."

    The days are long, but the years are short.

    So many lovely sayings to help us through these times. Too bad they don't also push a broom and fold laundry for us. :)

    Andrea

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