While being a parent to young school aged kids can be anything but predictable, it still can be a sweet reward for parents, who did their time on Maple Drive during the baby years.
For this reason and more, there are times where I am honestly overjoyed to be past the baby and toddler parenting phases, especially when I am in the presence of a parent with their screaming baby.
Seriously, I hear a wailing baby and I am totally transported back to a time, when all I heard in our home was a colicky, cranky baby fussing for hours on end and totally cured of ever wanting to have another baby if I can help it.
No offense, but I have tried to forget and even block out that first year for both my kids, as it was most definitely fraught with all sorts of not so fun moments for this mama.
Let’s face it, parenting during your baby’s first year or so truly holds many parenting land mines that are very easily unavoidable for even the most trained and calm moms.
For all these baby pitfalls, there are some amazing sweet parenting rewards just waiting for us parents around the corner once they join the young kid ranks, such as:
1. Getting back to sleeping through the night again finally, even if your kid does call out for you during the night from a bad dream, another glass of water or more. I mean just because they can sleep all night long doesn’t mean they will, because Murphy’s Law just doesn’t hold true here. Better yet now, they actually have a vast vocabulary to share why they are indeed sleeping instead of just screaming and crying about it. Seriously just stop talking and go to bed, mom needs her beauty sleep!
2. No more diapers and gone are the potty training days, even if meals out get interrupted by taking countless bathroom breaks. No joke, kids truly have a way of finding the most inopportune moments to need to use the bathroom, such as a night out to dinner that finds mom visiting the bathroom more than any other area in the actual restaurant. Or when you are running late and only asked 10 times before leaving your home if they needed to go. Of course, they didn’t then. But now with about 10 minutes left, it is now or never for their tiny bladders, which is not having any of this by having whining rule for the whole entire final portion of your car ride. Even better is when you reach your destination and they actually make it to the bathroom to be told they no longer have to go. One of the many WTF moments, young kids’ parents can and will have for sure!
3. No more cranky, baby teething. Yet now after all those screaming, miserable teeth cutting nights, the Tooth fairy will be costing you more than chump change. Who came up with paying young kids with cold hard cash for each and every tooth they lose? I mean in reality, kids lose around 20 baby teeth. If for arguments sake, you pay your kid $5 a lost tooth for a total of $100, then even having been a math teacher I can clearly tell you this is seriously just a bad deal and a pretty bad common core math word problem, too. Just saying!
4. No more monthly doctor checkups, instead I find myself gracing the sick waiting area for all sorts of ailments that plague my kids, because of all the sickness inbreeding that takes place in school. See young kids never seem to remember to cover their mouthes when they sneeze, cough or possibly spread their germs daily to each other even after only being sick last week. It is like they catch illness amnesia once they start feel better. Can we say short memory, anyone!
5. Gone are the days of trying to coax the illusive burp out of your baby, but now we get told in no uncertain terms that they have just burped (in case we couldn’t hear it), as well as farts, for good measure. Nothing is sacred and young kids truly have no shame and truly find the humor in all sorts of bodily functions, such as being told, “I farted. Do you smell it? Do you want to smell it?” Yup, that gem is from my youngest, who actually takes sweet pleasure in giggling each and every time she tell me this. Again, young kids’ parents just couldn’t make this up, if we tried!
So remind me again, why finally making it past the baby years is the sweet spot of parenting??
This post was written for the One Word Blog Linkup that is hosted by Lisa of The Golden Spoons (who is off this week on vacation), Marcia of Blogitudes and yours truly, too.
The words for this week are: Sweet or Soon; Please feel free to linkup and join us this week.
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*A version of this article appeared with permission on The Huffington Post.