Baby number three really changes things.
You see, when it was just Hailey and Kenny, we were able to keep things under control. Ryan would deal with one and I’d grab the other. Now, our JJ bean has joined the tribe and there are days when I seriously don’t know which way to turn. My life can be described as crazy, loud, fun, and even exciting. But it will never be boring.
We are now the family with the two carts at the grocery store because we need one for the kids and the other for the groceries. I am the mom who depends on a stroller to get me through life. Even if I’m just running in to get a piece of candy, I have to take the stroller. Therefore, I am also the mom who would rather just stay home.
The other day I went to the gym to get in a quick 30-minute workout. Before we left, I played it out in my head and figured we would be a quick hour and a half, at most. Nope! I was at the YMCA for about 3 or 4 hours. They were tired, hungry, impatient, and thirsty. We stopped and got snacks. Someone’s shoe fell off. Kenny is pulling Hailey’s hair. They don’t want to put on their coats. Hailey slips on the ice and now, they are all crying.
The physical responsibility of being a parent to three kids is hard but the emotional one is sometimes even harder. You are constantly asking yourself how they might be feeling. Have we spent enough quality time with each of them? Have we yelled too much to one? It’s something that I always keep in mind because I love each of them so much and I want them to know that.
But it can be tough sometimes. Right now, Kenny thinks the world revolves around him. Every toy belongs to him and if he wants milk, he wants it NOW! When I am feeding JJ, he doesn’t understand that I can’t get to him right away. Hailey, on the other hand, is able to understand these things.
And while we may think at times that we are terrible parents because we can’t get it all under control, I look at the positive side. We are teaching our kids to share, love, and be patient. We are teaching them that sometimes we need to help others before we help ourselves.
Having three kids is the most amazing thing we have ever experienced. Now don’t get me wrong, we don’t get much sleep, our laundry is out of control, and we can never keep the house clean. But our kids are so happy. They bring such joy into our lives and we would never have it any other way.