Last Sunday was one of those parenting days. You know, the ones that completely drain you emotionally, physically, mentally. It’s been a while since our last one. And usually, it’s only one of us that’s down for the count. But, it was one of those EPIC days, that had both me and my husband drained and defeated.
We’re both zombies because our otherwise great sleeper decided 3am was appropriate for party time (turned cry session if either of us tried to leave his room). Coupled with a rush over to church, crappy naps, whining, attitude, tears, and drama from two energetic little boys who need activity, attention, and nourishment. WOOF. For real, Sunday was a hard day.
No joke, I think we started the bedtime countdown at noon.
No one ever said parenting is easy. Heck, it’s the hardest thing that I’ve ever done in my life. Every day is a different adventure and just when I think I have it figured out, parenting throws you a curve ball out of left field.
Needless to say anything to make our days as parents easier, we embrace with our whole hearts.
We rely on each other.
It’s easy to do on the good days. But, it’s the hard days that make me realize how lucky we are to have one another. My husband and I tag team all baby duties, including diaper changes with a toddler who is off running any chance he gets. And any time we can give each other a break to recharge, we try to give each other grace, even when our patience tanks are running on empty.
We embrace the hard days.
In the midst of these hard days, I realize our blessings. It’s not so easy to see when you’re in the thick of parenting, but the sweetest moments are found throughout our hard days. And after bedtime, we both weep over our glasses of wine. We vent about how we were crappy parents and lament to each other about what we could’ve done differently. And scroll through pictures from the day, cooing over our babies. Oh parenting guilt. It never ends. Parenting isn’t easy, but it’s ALL so, so worth it.
We stock up on everything.
Shopping swiftly and shopping in bulk is a huge time-saver for us. It helps immensely to be stocked up on food and all of our baby and childcare goods, especially when the little ones are having a crabby day.