I have been thinking a lot about my kids the last little while. For a long time, I have considered myself a “young” mother. You know, the harried looking twenty-something with 3 little kids under the age of 5. It’s taken me a while to realize that I do not fit that category anymore. I’m not a “seasoned” mother by any means. I think that’s reserved for parents with teenagers. I definitely don’t quality as an “experienced” mother, either. That will take many more years, and probably a few grandchildren. So, where do I fit?
I’ve decided that I’m a “comfortable” mother. I’m like that pair of shoes that sits in your closet that you wear when you have lots of walking to do – practical, comfortable, and they’ve been around the block a few times. I may not know everything, but I’m starting to figure some stuff out.
Sometimes that makes me sad. I liked being the “young” mother. But, there are a lot of cool things that I get to look forward to.
1. It’s only about 3 years until I have a kid old enough to babysit.
2. I’m almost done with diapers, pull ups, wet wipes and dragging a large bag with me.
3. 2 1/2 more years and all my kids will be in school.
4. Girls camps, Boy Scout camps, priesthood, Young Womens.
5. Taking family vacations to places other than amusement parks and the kids actually enjoying it.
6. Going to the store – WITHOUT 4 kids!
The list could go on and on.
So, even though it’s hard to leave “young” motherhood behind, and being “comfortable” doesn’t seem nearly as exciting, I’m happy that’s where I am. And, I think this time might even be even better than the last!