I quit having babies 3 1/2 yrs ago. My sister, refusing to follow my lead, didn’t stop. She went on to have 2 more little boys on top of their 3 girls! Well, I am keeping those two little boys this weekend and it became readily apparent last night that I am just flat out of practice! It’s been a LONG TIME since I’ve had a toddler full time in the home. I was trying to talk on the phone to Gwendolyn and change a diaper and direct the 3 yr olds into bed. I just sighed, when I realized my limitations, and told Gwendolyn I’d have to call her back.
30 minutes later we resumed our conversation. 🙂
I love my nephews, but I really just am out of practice. There was a time when I could have efficiently and effectively changed a very dirty diaper, put 2 toddlers to bed, and rocked the baby to sleep WITHOUT having to set the phone down. HA! (Not that I’m advocating mother’s do that every night – no…Moms…your attention SHOULD be on your own children at bedtime…but last night was a whole different (LONG) story all together!!)
On the flipside – they say hindsight is always 20/20 but in this case, it has been totally fun getting to apply that “knowledge” (that is all that I learned about toddlers after I was through with that phase of life!) to the present experience! For example, someone might fall for Josiah’s trick of conveniently dumping in his diaper at every bedtime and naptime. Well. Not me. Been there done that! Hannah pulled that trick when she was a baby and I flat out TOLD Josiah today that I KNEW what he was up to and I was one step ahead of him – and he was quite puzzled when I didn’t take him out of the playpen for the THIRD TIME TODAY- to change his poopy diaper during his 2 hr “naptime.” I knew what he was trying to do. He wanted me to get him out, change him, snuggle him down, rock him to sleep, etc. so on and so forth. Well I had things to take care of this afternoon. So. Too bad. And, anyway, I fell for it last night. I realized what was going on when I was rocking him back to sleep while resuming my conversation with Gwendolyn.
He may have gotten away with it last night. But everything comes full circle…everything… HAHAHAHAHA