In accordance with the New Year, I was reflecting on the fact that after 9 years and 10 months straight of changing diapers, potty training and the like, I no longer have anyone in those stages. Leif has not had an accident in over a week. Okay, I do have a little issue with Josie wiping poop on things where poop does not belong in the bathroom like walls, toliet paper holder, towels, or last night, feeding turds that were under her pillow to the dog...that was just weird. She tried to tell us that they were the dog's turds, but I can tell the difference, and she finally confessed. I hope you are totally belly laughing by now, because that is pretty much what I did...again...who does these things?
But in all, it is a strange little death and resurrection, for all the while I was diapering, I was looking forward to not having to do it anymore. The babies were okay for the most part, but after foods are introduced, it's just so nasty. However, now I mourn their littleness passing.
Leif is already able to read several words: Leif, Josie, Yes, No, Stop, Devo, and Rush. His one little baby thing left is that he still wants to rub my hair in the night, and we still let him sleep with us. As uncomfortable as it is, I'm going to let it last as long as possible just to hold onto the last vestiages of "baby" that I can.
But the resurrection is this sense of freedom that I don't have to carry a diaper bag, that everyone can buckle themselves into their seatbelts, that everyone can use words to tell me that they want and need and no one needs to take a nap to get through the day. I foresee a great year where fewer babysitters are needed and more daytrips can be taken, where we can do more as a whole family.
I know I'll still want more "baby", but preschool and elementary school are great ages to love too, and I've got to get my fill in before those teen years start! I figure the next two or three years will be "golden years"--no babies and no teens. LOL
Here's to 2013! Happy New Year!