|Asia @ almost 11 months old.|
The last few weeks I've been thinking about this concept of "Enjoying your kids" after reading two different blog posts online. I think both of the following posts are worth a read for parents.
Counting the Hours
|Asia @ about 18 months and Leif & Slater only a few weeks old.|
When I wasn't taking care of them...I was trying to take care of Asia...poor thing wasn't really much more than a baby herself. I do remember one morning at about 2 AM--Brian was comforting one screaming boy, I was nursing the other one and Asia (who had somehow gotten out of her crib) was running around the house screaming and laughing her little head off...having a grand old time. And at that point, we just let her run.
|This pretty much sums it up.|
|We moved to the Philippines with all these babies...what were we thinking?!?|
|Leif & Slater's 1st Birthday|
|First family pic after Skye was born...Asia barely 3, Leif & Slater were 21 months & Skye was a few weeks old.|
|What life looks like now.|
Now, with Asia turning 5 later this month, the boys almost 3 1/2 and Skye almost 20 months...my life is still completely insane... We're studying yet another language...as fast as we can...and trying to take care of our precious kiddos.
|All my little darlings.|
We spend the rest of the day...doing language study, breaking up fights between the kids, making meals, buying food, breaking up more fights between the kids, and, up until last Saturday...changing 3 of 4 kids diapers, (Thank the Lord...Potty training the boys is going well) then giving baths, noticing a new bite mark one one child courtesy of an annoyed sibling, reading stories, more language study, oh wait, there's more fighting...ok, ok...you get the point.
|Us - March 2012|
For now, all I can say is I really think I do ENJOY my kids...they make me laugh (and each other cry) on a daily basis...I just don't always have the time to think about whether I'm enjoying them or not...I'm just trying to SURVIVE. Does that make sense?!?
Anyway...my plan is to seize the moments in the day that my kids make me crack up, the moments when I get sweet hugs and kisses from little boys who probably won't be giving me hugs and kisses willingly for much longer...to not count how few hours of sleep I got due to the little Miss sleeping in our bed, to not count how many hours there are until naptime or bedtime...too often anyway. :) TO MAKE AN EFFORT...to THINK about how much I really, really do ENJOY my kiddos.