Monday, January 18, 2010

I'm gonna miss this

It's no secret that I am a very vocal person. I always express my opinion and stick my foot in my mouth more times than I wish I did. I've been eating my words more and more lately. It's seems like all the situations tie back to parenting.

Before Ryleigh was born I would be quick to spit off a list of things "I would never let my kids do!"

I would never let Ryleigh wear clothes with characters on them.

I would never let my child have a passy once they can walk.

I would never let my child pass their 2nd birthday without being potty trained.

All juice had to be watered down and dessert never comes before dinner.

And my absolute favorite thing I always said I would never do-Let them sleep in our bed!

It's funny how I actually stuck to those things with Ryleigh but once Tanner came along I got more and more lenient. He had a passy well past being able to walk and just in the past couple of months has became fully potty trained, and he's almost 3!!

All of this has recently came to my mind because a friend of ours is pregnant and is a lot like me. As I sit back and listen to her as she rattles off everything she is going to do it makes me laugh. A lot of her list looks just like mine did. I told her you know you are going to be eating your words in a few months. Her response was much like mine, "No I'm not!" She probably thinks the same things I did before when I saw kids with passy's or diapers well past the age I originally thought was appropriate for those things.

So what made me change my mind? They are only young once and you have to go with the flow.

Although I still can't stomach the characters on clothes in public, you should see our kids when they are at home all day. Most days they have dora or spiderman plastered all over every article of clothing they own. Or the other day I dropped Ryleigh off at curves for school and Aunt Cheryl noticed our newest compromise...Cinderella socks.

Like I said earlier Tanner had a passy until he was almost 2 and just recently is potty trained.

We still try to water down juice but if we don't every once in a while, it's not the end of the world!
Sometimes we just skip dinner and only have dessert!

And the last thing I always said I would never do-sleeping in our bed...ask me how that's going.
More often than not I wake up to a foot in my eye or a little persons hair tickling my nose. We still make them start off in their bed but 5 out of 7 nights they start migrating our way between 2-3 am. Before we would fuss and fight with them and be up for hours trying to get them back to sleep in their beds. Because I always said "I would never let my kids sleep in our bed!"
But it actually has become one of my favorite parts of my day. I love more than anything waking up and getting to hold them for a few sweet minutes every morning. They love to snuggle for a while once the alarm goes off and we get bombarded with kisses!

They are only young once and the day is coming way to quickly that they won't even want to speak to me much less let me hold and kiss on them. When that time comes I'm going to miss this. I'm going to miss the chaos and the loudness, the sweetness and the kisses. So out of the many things I've eaten my words on this is one that I'm happy I did.

Now excuse me while we go buy king size mattresses, a queen isn't big enough for four people!


Anonymous said...

Tiffany - you are right. You will miss these days soon enough. It is hard for me to believe that we are now "empty-nesters" and many days I really do miss the chaos of those "crazy" years. Enjoy them...and you are right, everyone has to eat their words sooner or later. I learned early on NEVER say what your kids won't will eat those words!

Anonymous said...

by the way....this is DeLayne.

lol :-)