Life in Katy with a toddler and a pre-schooler
I am constantly amazed by my girls.Â Yesterday, I went in to wake up my four-year old from her nap and just sat and stared at her.Â On a daily basis, I appreciate the obvious things about her: her sense of humor, her creative mind, the way she spins in circles when she feels beautiful.Â But yesterday, sitting on her bed watching her breathe in and out, I was struck by the little things.Â How her hands have grown.Â How this amazing creation coexists with me every day of my life.Â How I can know the exact outline of her face and still be surprised when I really look closely at how perfectly she was formed.
I sat there, watching my daughter sleep, thinking about how not 2 hours earlier I was praying for more patience to deal with the latest act of defiance.Â With both of my daughters, four-year-old Avery and 18-month Kate, I feel like I spend my time living between adoration and frustration.Â The same little creature that throws temper tantrums is the one I wasÂ watching sleep and marveling at.Â The number of times a day I breathe deep and count to ten equals the number of times a day I cannot help but stop everything for a hug or a giggle with my beloveds.Â
In this place of parenting a toddler and a pre-schooler, I am always aware of how fast this time goes by and how common my feelings are to mothers in the same stage of life as me.Â I want to embrace these moments, and catching my daughter napping really helps me with my perspective.
I wonder if all of parenting isnâ€™t like that.Â It is as wonderful as it is challenging.Â It is as much frustration as it is enjoyment. Â That there are just as many days you want to be over before they begun as there are days you would freeze for all of eternity.Â And, as I pulled Avery in to me and held her tight as she slept, I couldnâ€™t help but think of how welcome the frustrating time in this stage of life are, if they mean I also get these moments of sheer wonderment.Â Â
What about you? Â Which parts make you frustrated? Â Which parts will you cling to while they last? Â Post a comment below!