That being said... Let's be real... They are no angels and often come with some... oh... "extra" qualities.
Let's just take a gander into what life is REALLY like with babies and toddlers...
- There is not a day that goes by that you don't have to run the dishwasher at least once. Depending on the meals, it may happen a couple times a day. Point is- the dishes never end. (Same goes with laundry).
- Meals are usually... less than perfect. Sometimes you don't even really enjoy or get to taste your own food because you are focused on getting Child A to eat his/her food, Child B to stop standing in his/her chair and wondering why Child C came up to you out of nowhere with his/her underwear in hand saying he/she needs help putting them on.
- Moments you thought were "cute" with the first child end up being "not so cute" with each consecutive child (ie. standing up and playing in the crib during nap time, spitting out food while making new noises, mocking you with the sound "nuh uh uh uh" as if getting in trouble, etc)
- You will inevitably end up with some sort of bodily fluid (or solid.....) on your fingers. It's unavoidable. Just sayin.. If you are weird about that stuff, you'll learn to get over it quickly.
- If the children are awake, silence is not golden. Silence means trouble.
- The floors are never clean. It doesn't matter how many times you vacuum or mop, they'll end up getting dirty within 20 minutes.
- It's always exciting buying new clothes for the baby the first few months... Then you realize that you are ALWAYS buying clothes because they never stop growing.
- Children are animals when it comes to eating. No matter what age, male or female. They will consume food like nobody's business.
- You think something like preschool will help "break up" your day and possibly give you some time to get housework done... Nope. They're in-class activities or field trips cause you to leave the house more than before.
- They will do and say things that blindside you in the midst of disciplining them that leave you with no choice, but to just stop talking or burst into laughter. (Unfortunately, I've been known to laugh when I shouldn't ANYWAYS, so the disciplining thing may or may not be my hardest challenge.)
- Apparently it's not in children's "nature" to encourage one another to do the right thing in a graceful manner. Either they join in or tattle. Weird.
Oh life. Unfortunately, none of these were fabricated and a number of them probably already happened in my home today...
But it's moments and faces like these that make you just smile and understand why it's all worth it: