We love 'em when they are tiny and helpless and rely on us for everything. Then they get a bit bigger and we think we are going to get a bit more time to ourselves because someone said that kids can "play on their own" more as they get older. Their attention spans expand and they can entertain themselves.
When they start to talk and that brain fires left, right and sideways with all the rapid growing they are doing, their favorite thing to say will be MOM.
Or Ma, Momma, Mommy, or Mum.
The first time you hear Mama out of those teeny bow lips will be one of the most memorable days in your life.
They will use it hundreds of times a day.
And it will still be wonderful to be a mom. But there will also be times you want to pull your hair out of your head.
You are the first person that means everything to them--but that does not mean that you should let yourself go insane.
You will feel like no one can care for your child as well as you can--and you are right. No one will have that incredible connection. And that is FINE.
They need to get out in the world a bit, experience new things, and have some fun--just like you do.
It does not really matter what you do, as long as you fill your tank when the fuel gets low.
They tell you on a plane if (GOD FORBID) the oxygen masks fall that you should take care of yourself before any children.
It's the same thing--you are no good for anyone--including yourself--if you have nothing to give.
So go out and fill your tank. Have some fun. Then spread that sunshine around.
Come back on Wednesday--I will have a craft for the kids for these last few days of summer.