6 hours ago
Parenthood is literally like a roller coaster. The highs and lows will give you whip lash. It’s the most incredible and fulfilling experience, but also the most challenging thing you will ever go through. Take yesterday for example. Matthew has his first dentist appointment (I know it’s late, don’t come for me), and he did UH-mazing. Like not a single tear or complaint, I actually cried because I was so dang proud. And then we came home and he was being so sweet, and even asked me to help him learn his letters. And then came nap time, and let me tell you, this kid sooo over naps, even though I can tell he still needs them. Anyway, nap time rolls around, and all bets are off. He’s huffing and puffing, he’s negotiating, he’s straight up screaming. I eventually talk him down and he goes to sleep. Wakes up sweet and happy as can be, until the next time things don’t go his way, which happens to be bath time. Again we have yelling and screaming, and he even throws a punch at daddy. A few minutes later, he’s clean and calm, and ready to go to sleep. What I have to remind myself of, is that he’s only had less than 4 years of experience being a human, while I’ve had 25 now, and I still struggle sometimes. He’s learning how to be a person, and sometimes that’s very hard and frustrating and even scary. So I need to make sure I am always there for him while he’s learning. I need to remind myself that it’s my job to guide him until he’s ready to go out into the world on his own. And I need to remember to have grace, both for him, and for myself. 💛
Any other parents relate?