*sniff* Where has the time gone? Oh, wait. I know. It was spent the last two years pumping, logging, training, diaper changing… the list goes on.
But… today – yes! Today! My lil’ man turns TWO! And I can’t help but feel a huge sigh of relief. Like I have reached the light at the end of a looooong infant-stage tunnel. It feels spectacular. *pats self on back* At 2 years old, my son is already potty trained and stringing some pretty impressive sentences together. Yeeehawww. Since this is my last “baby”…. I’m ready to conquer the next chapter of parenthood and no looking back this time!
I couldn’t help but wonder why I was in such a rush and felt such a huge relief to get to this milestone? Perhaps its because I went through it with my daughter first… so having to do a complete repeat again wasn’t the most appealing thing in the world. I’m not saying that I didn’t enjoy any of it! I’m just saying that I knew it was something I had to go through again, and in all honesty, I probably tried to get through it as quickly as possible. If you are not the first time mom, then you can probably relate to some of these feelings. I wonder how much these feelings range depending on the age gap between kids? Nonetheless, the feelings are valid and most likely normal for any mom of 2+ kids.
At every age of the child, there are certainly challenges for the parent. But I gotta say, the first year is the hardest. Followed by the second year.
I’m very much looking forward now to this next year with my lil’ man. My daughter will be in preschool in the mornings all week, so I’ll have tons of one-on-one time with him. Now that he is talking and asking so many questions about things (and we got the potty training down), its going to be fun taking him out more to hang out and run errands or do whatever. I have the opportunity to work more, but decided to keep the hours low so that I have this full year of extra time with him before he starts a little bit of preschool himself next year. I feel like a load has been lifted off my shoulders as we reached this milestone, so time is going to start to fly by a little bit faster now.
Note: The cute chevron suspender and bowtie set came from Etsy.