Many of my friends, family and co-workers who have young children have asked me variations of the following question: “When does it get easier?” Given the fact that when my youngest was born, my eldest was not even three, I definitely did not have an easy time initially. I was managing work, mommy-responsibilities, and early intervention for two out of three of my kids. I often felt as though I was juggling too many things, and that something had to give; however, I couldn’t let that happen.
There was a time where we had three in diapers, three in a stroller…I think that there were parts of that chapter of my life that my brain automatically shut out for my own sanity!
Since pictures supposedly speak a thousand words, I thought it would be fun to show a very brief snapshot into those early years to hopefully make you feel a little better if you feel overwhelmed by your own situation (whether it’s with kids, or an entirely different matter). The point is, it’s temporary.
I can now look back on these pictures, and laugh (kind of!):
And it’s getting more manageable…
Is it getting easier? Well, my kids are great sleepers and they play very well together with minimal adult redirection. Have you heard the phrase- “little children, little problems, big children, big problems?” I am starting to get into that phase of life, where things like bullying, homework, friendship issues, among other problems are beginning to crop up.
But you know what? I know that this too shall pass, and I will one day be looking back on these moments longingly, so I will do my darnedest to appreciate even the difficult moments in life. This doesn’t only apply to my kids.
Life is short. Every single moment of every single day is precious-it’s a moment that can never be taken back. I want to live my life’s moments as vital opportunities to make a difference in this world (sounds corny, but true). These pictures of the past few years affirm how quickly time goes. If life is making you feel overwhelmed, I’m with you. I get it. But trust me, it moves quickly. Let’s make it count. Have a wonderful weekend.