Today was day three of being a single parent and I just have to say how much respect I have for people raising a child (children) on their own. It's not easy; you don't get any breaks, you don't get to sleep in, you make every meal, you clean up everything and you can't even do rock, paper, scissors to see who cleans the next dirty diaper.
But on the other end of it, I feel my kids tend to be better behaved and more helpful when I am just by myself (or Dave by himself) and I truly appreciate that. It also forces me to be there 100% and I think it helps me grow to be a better parent.
As the kids and I were driving to a friends house, I bribed the big kids with a sucker if they took a nap on our hour drive. (Those little suckers do wonders!) Normally when I'm driving I like to catch up on the phone, but there was no way my loud voice was waking them up. I kept sneaking peeks at these three little kids sleeping in the back seat and, not gonna lie, I got a little emotional. I am still in awe sometimes that I am a Mom, ME! Not that I didn't think I was going to be, but the fact that Dave and I are raising these three is truly a blessing and they are turning out to be pretty good kids, too. Life is crazy, busy, chaotic and tiring but this time is also the best and sometimes I need to stop and remind myself that! I love how they need me to help them, they want to talk my ear off, they ask 100s of questions, give the best hugs, want me to tuck them into bed and they always want to be around me.
Everyone says how fast kids grow up and I wish it wasn't true. I couldn't have more love for these three kiddos of mine and I appreciate them everyday! ♥️♥️♥️ *They woke up right when we got there and first thing they asked, "do we get our sucker now?" Yes you do!!