I have been asked what stage is the hardest. My answer is that every stage brings it own challenges and great rewards. Of course, when they are little it's not usually life altering challenges. As they get into their teens and young adult life, the challenges can affect their whole future. If I was going to give advice, I would say, ONE STEP AT A TIME. Enjoy each stage of their lives. Of course we all know the challenges of infancy. No sleep, poopie diapers, spit up on everything...constant work. As toddlers it's temper tantrums, getting into everything, exploring the world without reservations...constant work. I love both of these stages. We are in stage 2 with my grandson. Henry likes to run everywhere. He loves animals and gets very excited about them. In this stage you get the hugs and kisses anytime you want. He loves to color and draw. He likes to dance and sing. He gets excited whenever someone comes home. Toddlers are one of my favorite stages. Even though it is constant work, it is amazing to see them try new things and they are learning something every day.
Of course my 3 were toddlers pretty much at the same time. It was crazy at our house in the 90's. Quiet times just didn't exist. It was loud, messy & fun. Looking back, it went by so fast.
|Jake enjoying is breakfast|
|Juliana at her 1st Birthday Party|
|Kelcie on a Sunny Sunday Afternoon|
1- I wasn't patient enough
2- At different times in their lives, each one had a turn at being my favorite...it was usually the one who was being good...lol
3- I wished away a lot of their childhood
4- I LOVE BEING THEIR MOMMY!!!
5- I will always need them, they are a physical part of my body, mind, soul & spirit.
6- I still love to hear them laugh
7- Jake still has the power to make me laugh one second and mad the next...It's his special gift...lol
8- They are my Blessed LIFE
|Henry, Our Next Generation|