So, I realize I’m new to this parenting thing. But, I have a bone to pick with some other parents – probably not a lot of the ones who read my blog though.
Even if you are being sarcastic or trying to be funny, please just don’t tell me:
to remember these days for when Baby MPB is 2 years old and I hate him.
I take issue with this statement, and I am not even going to hide it. Instead, I will respond with a very polite I’m excited to see my son grow up, it should be mostly fun.
First, I cannot imagine anything that could make me hate my son. I find it hard to believe that parents could hate their children. I know he wont be perfect, but my love for him will go beyond his his annoyances and his mistakes.
Second, yes, I imagine toddlers are a handful. I’m not going to pretend that parenting is always easy or fun. And, I realize you speak from experience, but to be honest, having a baby who is incredibly mobile at an incredibly young age is already giving me a bit of a taste for what we are in for. I suspect we will have a very active toddler. And, I suspect we’ll learn to live with this business and get really good at chasing him around.
Third, I’m excited to experience the toddle crazy. Just like I was excited to experience the first time I held my son or the first time we walked through the door to our home or the first time we went camping. I’m also excited to see first steps, for the first day of school and even for high school graduation.
I know this type of comment comes from a place of innocence. Those who have said some variant of it have not walked our path. They have not lost babies, they are not in debt from the small fortune it cost to become parents, nor have they stared childlessness in the face. Simply, they probably don’t realize just how much of a gift it is for us to be a parent after years of loss.
I plan to spend his lifetime revealing in every single first and celebrate the simple things.
I almost didn’t become a mom, and I simply cannot ignore that fact. And please on the bad days, if I ever loose sight of this fact, in 2, 5, 15 or 25 years, please remind me just how fortunate I am.
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