Why is it that we want things to happen when we want them to happen? We live in a world where everything is so instant and available at our fingertips. I could go a lot of different directions here, but I’m referring to parenting today.
Not too long ago our son was still sleeping in our bed with us, and I realized with another baby on the way, it’s time to make some adjustments. I have succeeded so far with our sleeping situation, somewhat. Getting Sloan into his new room and big bed after the first of the year, went much easier than I thought it would. I lay down with him each night, and if I don’t fall asleep, then I will get up once he’s out and go to bed. At some point during the night, he shouts “Momma!” until I come and get in bed with him. I realize he is only 2 ½, but you have start somewhere, right?
I started introducing the potty right when Sloan turned two. He caught on extremely well to pooping in the potty and has hardly ever pooped in his pull-up. That is something to be excited for!! We have been working more with him on using the potty, and for the most part, it’s going pretty well.
I begin thinking, how wonderful it would be to have him potty trained AND have him sleeping in his bed by himself by the time the new baby comes. My husband has to remind me, almost daily, that things aren’t going to go smoothly or perfectly every day. I wouldn’t call myself OCD or anything like that, but I must have it in my head that I have control of it all.
Well, guess what, we don’t!
I have to remind myself that this season that I am in isn’t going to last forever. Whether it's grocery shopping or cleaning dirty dishes that I get burned out from doing - I know I will look back someday, and wish my babies were still babies. And as much as I’d like for Sloan to be in his bed every night, we parents have to do what it takes to get our rest too!! I don’t think he will still want me sleeping with him when he’s ten years old, at least I hope not.
What are your biggest parenting struggles? Potty training, the attitudes, I know the list goes on and on. Motherhood is one of the hardest yet most rewarding jobs that we could ever have. I do have to tell this little guy often; it’s a good thing you’re cute!! ;)
Holly is a Wife, Mother, and Business Manager.