Never expect Silence when Children are awake!

I know that it is crazy to expect to have a moment of peace and quiet
to myself. I know that there are sacrifices to be made when you have
children. I am on board with that. I was not so oblivious to think that
my life would remain unchanged. I thought there would be changes. I
knew things would never be the same, but I was not prepared for the
magnitude; the depth and breadth of it all. When they were newborn, all
my time was spend occupying their time. My life effectively became
fulfilling their needs, and I did it joyfully. After all, what could be
more beautiful then being the world to your child; in effect not only
giving them life but now sustaining that life.In the beginning, that
was amazing. Fast forward 4 years and add another child to that
equation, and now I am the dancing monkey! Sometimes, I feel like they
are truly on a quest to make me crazy. There is the 4 year old who will
not listen to anything I say. She will look straight in your face as
you tell her not to do something, and she will say,"OK, Mommy" And not
2 minutes later, she is committing the aforementioned crime, in spite
of your best efforts. This is enough to frustrate Mother Teresa. Add to
that the 2 year old, who is constantly scaling the walls and proving,
time and again, that gravity truly exists and whom also repeats
everything she says multiple times , at the top of her lungs, breaking
the monotony only to scream in such a high pitched squeal that all the
neighborhood dogs go onto a tempered rage.Do all this, and you have
about 5 minutes of my glorious day. Please don't think this is all
there is to being the mother to my beautiful girls.They are, in fact,
quite amazing. Sometimes though, even the most amazing child can be
amazingly frustrating to you, when all you really need is a moment of
silence to regroup and re energize. So, save yourself some aggravation
and frustration and never expect silence when children are awake. Get
your 5 minutes of quiet in before they wake. Live it, love it, learn
it.Enjoy their spirit and rambunctiousness, and the fact that they want
to be around you at all because soon that may not be the case!

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