I thought, at the time, "That's not true. And kinda rude to mom's with less than three kids!"
I can't help but think she was kinda right.
Sorry, mom's with one and two kids.
Looking back on being a mom to one child.....it totally seems like she was just a fun "accessory."
Now, I KNOW that at the time, being a new mom was sometimes VERY hard. It totally was!
But now? In hindsight, it was a piece of cake. She was like my little doll I got to dress up and hang out with and go on walks with and go shopping with and read books to. OH, it was fun being a mom of one!
Well, what about two kids then? Wasn't it difficult transitioning to two kids? YES! But compared to this time it seems like I was able to fall into a pretty good routine fairly quickly. I got a good cleaning schedule going, read my scriptures, worked out almost everyday, kept up with the laundry fairly well, had our kitchen well stocked most of the time, took the kids outside everyday, etc.
I may be looking back on it through "rose colored glasses"...I probably am.
I am not anywhere NEAR back to normal yet. It is definitely better now that Mr. SweetSweet is on a good sleep schedule...but I still find myself just barely keeping my head above water with everything I want/need to get done daily!
If I exercise during Mr. SweetSweet's morning nap then I have to push my shower back to his 2nd nap, which doesn't always happen if both the boys don't take good afternoon naps. And when all the kids are awake? Forget about getting any house work done! There is just NO TIME, in between feeding, changing diapers, breaking up fights, etc. I can MAYBE get one little thing done daily, like a load of laundry or dishes unloaded or make dinner or vacuum.
Then there's the ever important daily scripture study that just hasn't found it's "niche" into my daily routine. This one I feel the worst about because I know I NEED it to get through the day, more than a shower or having the toilet clean.
.....I have come to a conclusion that I am NOT excited about: I need more time in the day. And the only way to get that time is........to get up earlier.
I have been able to get by very well up until three kids getting all I needed done without having to wake up before the kids. But I think I'm really going to have to become a real mom and buck up and do it.
I recall doing a Personal Progress achievement for Young Women when I was about 17 where I was supposed to talk to mother's I respect and ask them what one important quality a mother needs to have. When I asked my mom about it she thought for a while and said, "Learn to get up early. Before your kids do. It will be the only time you can truly have to yourself."
I remember thinking: "Yeah! That totally makes sense! I am going to get into that habit NOW!"
Pffffft. Yeah right. That lasted for about a week. This is the Piddle Queen you are talking to! I go to bed at 12:30 am regularly. Have for a LONG time. And I've gotten by fine doing this....up until now.
I am really starting to feel it, these days. As are the dark, puffy bags under my eyes.
Will power, come be my friend, please? I am a Real Mom now...that needs to act like one! Which I guess....sigh....includes waking up early.
Maybe I'll look like this, someday, when I wake up in the morning?
OH, I hope so.