Happy Friday! Was this a tough week for anyone else? Theoretically our bodies get used to Spring forward within a couple days, but whoever came up with that must not have met our family. None of us are particular morning people, either. Add a request from T’s teacher to get to school a few minutes early each day, and you can probably figure out how this week has been. Even though that kid can read the clock, I’m not sure she really understands what “5 minutes until we have to leave” really means.
It’s weeks like these that make me look forward to the time when all our kids are finally out of diapers and able to dress themselves. Luckily, I have a wonderful friend, Elaine, who has three children right in that age range. She’s officially out of the diaper-changing, butt-wiping phase of parenthood. It’s often referred to as the sweet spot: the time when all your kids are independent enough to do most things on their own but are still young enough to actually want to spend time with you.
Elaine is a transplanted Texan living in Louisiana cajun country. She writes about motherhood, photography and travel on her blog The Miss-Elaine-ous Life. Her writing has been featured on Scary Mommy, Bon Bon Break, Mamalode and Huffington Post. She also co-produces the Listen to Your Mother show in Southeast Texas.
Was it easier to transition from one child to two or two children to three?
I would say it was easier with two to three because from one to two, I quit working and started staying home and that was an entirely new ball game – ha! From two to three I was already used to that routine.
Were you frightened at all by the prospect of having three children?
No. I always wanted at least 3 children
What did you do to prepare your older children for baby #3?
Did any of your children act out after your third child was born?
My middle son, yes. It was hard at 2.5 to see another child getting a lot of attention.
How long did it take for your family to adjust to the change?
I would say 3-6 months.
Is there any advice you’d like to give to parents who are outnumbered by their children?
Yes – let the little stuff go and do your best to laugh instead of cry. 🙂 And just do your best. That is all you can do on any given day.