I read a great little bit the other day about parenting. It was all about how it's okay to not enjoy every single moment of it. It pulled me in right away, because I feel a ton of guilt about that. Like, every single day. I am not superhuman, and it's hard to enjoy two screaming toddlers most of the day.
But there is not one day that goes by that I don't hear from a complete stranger, or not, that I should enjoy every moment, or enjoy these times when they are young, because before I know it they will be gone. And I get it, I do. But it also ticks me right off. Like really? When I'm on all fours wiping under the boys highchairs and Finn kicks me in head, and then Tuck throws one final piece of sticky mac-n-cheese on my head I'm supposed to be enjoying that? Yeah, no.
But, of course there are so many times I do. Like every morning when they both want to snuggle with me and watch cartoons. Finn with his binkie and blankie, and Tuck with his finger in his mouth. When they're goofy and genuinely making me laugh until I cry. When they lay their heads on my shoulder, which they both still do multiple times a day. Such cuddles they both are. When Tuck overcomes a big hurdle and it makes me cry for joy. When Finn rests his hands under his chin looks so adorable you basically have to give him anything.
Anywho, I am completely digressing. Read the article, here. The point of this post was to talk about the moments when you're like "my kids are really super cool". These are the latest gems that have made me think that....
At dinner the other night I asked Tate what is the worst word she knows? She said there was a word her friend told her but it was so bad that it's "against the law".
"If I say it mom and dad, I could go to jail!". So to prevent a life behind bars, she agreed to spell it out for us. "S-E-C-S", she spelled. "That's the worst thing you can call someone".
As I was tucking her in last night I asked her if someone asked her to describe me as her mom, what would she say? She said "I would say you are weird, and goofy, and funny, and nice, and the best mom in the whole wide world".
Those are the moments you really really really enjoy. I don't have to enjoy the mac-n-cheese in my hair, but I live through it, so I can enjoy those moments too.