As you can see, the title of this post is "The Bitter Sweetness of Parenthood". That is how I feel about it. It is the greatest blessing and yet can be the biggest challenge at the exact same time. For example, some nights I am so exhausted (oh wait, that is every night!) and my 2 year old will wake up and in the cutest little voice say, " Momma, my tummy hurts. I want food." As we are in the kitchen lit up with one tiny light, she sits there cute as a bug on the counter eating her snack and she goes through the whole family. "Daddy night night?" I say, "Yes, Daddy is night night". Then she will say, "Nessa night night?" She'll go through all her brothers and sisters because our house is only quiet in the middle of the night! She is trying to figure out why it is so quiet and where everyone is! And as exhausted as I am, those quiet little moments alone with her with her cute little voice are just absolutely precious to me and I can't get mad that she is awake because she is the cutest thing that I have ever seen!
So yesterday my 8 year old daughter Melanie cracked me up and I wanted to share. She said, "Mom, the reason that old people can't hear very well is that their ears are shriveling up". Did you know that? Maybe so! That made me giggle.
I remember the joy I felt of having my first baby, Kaitlyn, who is now 11 and not such a baby! I can't believe how fast kids grow up. It happens before your eyes! I also remember the fear I felt though when we loaded her in the carseat to take her home from the hospital and the nurse who helped us to the car said, "Bye kids, have fun!" with a big grin on her face. I really wanted an instruction manual to take care of my baby!
One of my favorite sayings is: