“I am not going to sleep! You and Daddy always go to sleep late! Why can’t I go to sleep late? I want to stay up tonight. I don’t even have school tomorrow! Don’t you want me to stay up and read?! Mommy!”
That’s how bedtime goes at our house lately: My seven-year-old tries to argue/rationalize/guilt me out of it. I swear, I’ve found myself aching for that time when she couldn’t talk. True, she cried a lot more back then but still, life was a whole easier when all the child did was gurgle at me.
This is the sort of perspective you get only when your children are older. Because when you’re in the throes of the baby/toddler stages, you often think there’s no greater hell (well, when you’re not swooning over how cute they are). You wonder why they didn’t provide Xanax samples in the free diaper bag you got at the hospital. You feel as if you will be cleaning up some bodily excretion and centering your life around naps for the rest of your life.
Thing is, there’s a whole lot you’re gonna miss when your kids aren’t little anymore—and I’m not just talking about kids who don’t talk back to you. I know this because my kids are now 9 and 7, which makes me both wise and old. So I’m sharing a little perspective to carry you through the rough patches: the baby and toddler stuff you’re going to very much miss someday (and the parts your memory will mercifully erase).
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