That expression! “They grow up so fast; enjoy every minute!”
Do I enjoy every minute? Of course not. No parent does. If they say yes, they’re lying the biggest lie a person can make.
I will never enjoy changing a diaper or cleaning up spilled meals (although I do have a perma-clean dining area floor thanks to my thrice-daily wiping/vacuuming – there’s a surprise parent perk). I am so dang good at securing 5-point harnesses not because I’m an F1 mechanic – I just have kids. I know all the specs of all the big plastic sippy cup / straw cup makers. It’s all too much!
So yes, despite loving my kids beyond anything, I really am looking forward to some future years … different challenges yes, but hey, change is good!
Here’s what I’m looking forward to most:
- We’ll take down those baby gates someday. Please, God.
- Goodbye plastic cups and plates!
- No more cleaning bottles and sippy cups. Hello open cups!
- My living room will no longer resemble Toys R Us.
- Regular seat belts for everyone!
- The end of tantrums. I don’t care if older kids fight differently and have an attitude. I just want a change from these BS tantrums when my kids can’t/won’t elucidate on what the problem is or what their emotions are.
- No more coddling during mealtimes (on the occasions when I cave and offer them extra choices!). If you don’t like what’s there, well, you know what Beast said:
- I’ll feel less guilty saying no to them. It’s much harder to say no to an adorable baby who smiles while being a monster….
- You mess up my backseat? YOU clean it!
10. And what I’m looking forward to most is … my kids going pee in the middle of the night BY THEMSELVES. Miracle, right?
What about you? Are you looking forward to a few years in the future when they’re a little more grown up? If so, what’s on your list?