So the reason I haven't posted much in the last several months is very simple: we had a brand new baby. (And boy is he cute!) Well, now that we've got a newborn, a 3-year old, and a 4-year old, I realize just how easy babies are. How easy?
Well, they sleep, poop, eat, sleep, eat, sleep, poop, pee?, sleep, sleep, eat, sleep, and so on. In other words, they sleep a lot! (Our 3 and 4 year olds? Not so much...) I find myself wishing our older ones could be infants again. Anyone who is considering having a baby should know this, babies aren't the ones you need to be worried about, it's the toddlers. Here's a helpful chart, based on my experience:
Newborn (1-12 months) = Easy. Messy, but easy.
1-year old (13-24 months) = Also easy. Kids seem to gravitate towards anything dangerous, so it's stressful, but still not too bad.
2-year old = Terrible? Not as bad as you think. They're just louder and defiant. 2 just requires a little bit of patience and a glass or three of wine.
3-year old = WHAT DID I DO TO DESERVE THIS?!?! Keep the exorcist on speed dial, because they get craaaaazy! Tantrums, back sassing, know it all, head rolling, wall climbing, talk, talk, talk, talk, talk, but nothing agreeable to say! Aaaahhhh! Be afaid.
4-year old = Do you want to know why they don't have a word to go with 4-year-olds? Because they're normal human beings finally. They know cause and effect. You can finally reason with them. (They should call them the finally fours.)
As for the 5 and ups, I guess we'll see. That's the next few chapters of our lives. I'll keep you updated. (And I'll try to write a few more blog posts in the meantime.)