Dealing With Your Child's Rapid Growth
It feels as though we returned from the hospital with our first-born son yesterday afternoon.
I remember all the feelings and how emotional I was when I first held him.
But it hasn’t been a day.
In fact, it will be three years since the day Jeff and I met our first child.
It was the most amazing feeling I had ever experienced. And today, we have two boys — three if you count the pup.
Time Sure Flies
If I had to go back and redo everything step by step, I would.
I’ve even asked Jeff, and he said he’d do the same things over again because it’s led to this result.
Now with our second child, life is a little crazy. When one sleeps, the other is awake, demanding my attention. But there are moments when the two take a nap, and those are heavenly.
To help keep me sane, I have to remind myself that they’re still exploring the world around them. But most importantly, I tell myself two things:
1. Careful how you react.
I can’t control their actions, even when I wish I could, I just can’t. But there’s one thing I can control, and that’s my reaction.
The way I react to their tantrums has a lot to do with how they will react to others, including themselves.
2. Take a break.
It might seem silly, but I have to tell myself to step away and take time to just breathe.
Being with the boys all the time means I have little time for myself. It can get frustrating, but taking a step back will help me better understand my thoughts.
How do you deal with the rapid growth of your little ones?