What We Won’t Do For Our Kids

When I have kids they will never…

Remember those thoughts? From before you had children of your own? I had them for sure.

My two favorites were…I will never have dirty car seats because my babies will never eat in my car. And my kids will never have snotty noses.

Of course I didn’t have one kid, let alone three at that time. I laugh at that now as I hand food back to a screaming child and clean goldfish pieces from my floor mats. And as I use my own shirt to wipe a nose that has been running since birth.

Another one…

My kids will sleep in their beds every night. All night of course. And go to bed perfectly.

I had that thought specifically because while I was pregnant with my first child, a friend told me that she hopped beds all night. She went from her own, to a child’s, to the couch, to wherever. And so did her husband.

As I sat there listening to her explain her musical bed situation I was like…’um….nope…that won’t be me. That’s just crazy.’

Let’s all take a moment to laugh at my ignorance. Because while my middle son is a perfect sleeper, my other two are not. In fact, they may be allergic to it.

My baby wakes up for loves while my oldest picks a different place to sleep weekly. And always, every night, ends up in my bed. And he is big now. So I find myself pushed out by two boys…one being my husband.

I get so desperate for sleep I take the walk of shame through my house holding a pillow and blanket and hop in wherever I find an open spot.

Oh the places my husband and I and our boys have slept. It’s like a frat house.

In fact, some mornings, like this one, I had to search for my husband in our house. He was on the trundle bed in Sawyer’s room.

It’s funny now. In that laugh till you cry sorta way.

We sleep when we can and wherever we can. I know this too shall pass so I’m not worried about it. We are just in the ‘no sleep’ season of life…that sounds better than the ‘I am so exhausted I can’t see straight’ season.

Anyone else?

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