PLEASE tell my it gets easier after babyhood?

Renae - posted on 07/23/2013 ( 1 mom has responded )

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I feel like such a wimp because I only have 2 kids. A 3 year old and a 6 month old, but it feels like every single thing has to be a challenge!! Going out of the house, have to pack bags, diapers, snacks, extra clothes, toys. Then there is the carseat loading and unloading, then 3 year old spills something on the way out or baby throws up on my on our way out the door. Oh...... the joy! I totally am trying to soak up every minute of it all and enjoy it, but if I am being honest, I can't wait until I can actually use TWO hands to do things, walk holding hands instead of carrying 20 extra pounds. And most of all, I cannot wait to stop having my hair pulled out all day, lol. Please do encourage me about how it gets easier after babyhood :)

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Sarah - posted on 07/24/2013

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Not sure if it get easier just your challenges become different. Once they are able to walk on their own you then have to watch them more closely to make sure they are not going the opposite direction then you. They start to have their own minds, so that becomes fun to watch but also a challenge. You may want to get out the door by a certain time, but they are not wanting to put on their shoes or their coat. Or they want a cookie for breakfast and not their cereal. So instead of the throwing up you now have the tantrums. Then comes activities.....as they get older you are running here and there trying to get to this event and that event and this person here and that person there. Now the challenge is how are you going to get person A to this spot at the same time person B needs to be on the other side of town. Then since most things run from 5-8 pm you then have to figure out how and what will be for supper. Then they hit the teen years....you have a 2 yr old back again some days, but instead of being a picky eater they eat you out of house and home and that is just for breakfast. They now can drive to their own activities, but now need gas money and money for this and that. Instead of needing 20 pairs of outfits you now go to 2 pairs of outfits costing you just as much as those 20 pairs did. And don't forget that once you have a teenager in your house you know have a genius as they seem to think they know it all and trying to tell them differently is a deep dark hole that does not seem to have an end to it until they are in their 20's (hopefully).

Each person has a certain age where they seem to enjoy over others. They click better with that age group and enjoy that stage the best. I am a baby person. I don't mind the carseat, diapers, toys, etc. For me that is the easy stage because they are in one spot and all I need to do is entertain. I can pick them up and carry them to where we are going instead of trying to convince them to get their shoes and coat on before we are late. My mom loves the toddler age. She loves the challenge of independent minds and loves to see them develop. My sister is a upper elementary age. She loves to teach and likes when they start to be able to figure things out on their own and she can go off of that. She loves to be able to have conversations with them...more so then what you would have with a toddler. Then there are some people that enjoy the teenage years. They enjoy the interaction at that level and enjoy the activities and abilities a teenage is able to do.

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