ALL YOU MOMS OUT THERE.
How do you do it? Specifically, how do you have children who are close in age? Cade and Mila are five years apart, so it hasn't been too difficult between them, because Cade is so much older, and he's much more independent and doesn't need me watching him every second of every day, so (admittedly) most of my time can be focused on Mila and feeding her and changing her diapers, etc.
But I always kind of wished that they were closer in age, at least for their sakes, so that they could have a sibling they could be close to. I have no doubt they'll be the best of friends when they're older, but while in their younger years, they probably won't ever have much in common.
So I wanted them to be closer in age, but now I'm not so sure:
I am currently watching my adorable niece, Baby Penny. See, look how adorable she is? (With her cute parents.)
I love her. And of course I'd do anything for her (and her parents!) which is why I am willingly watching her this morning.
But boy. Oh boy.
If it was just her, it would be cake. But having an 8 month old on top of it? Not so cake-y. Penny is running around screaming KITTIES!!! KITTIES! I LOOOOOOVE KITTIES! And then she lunges for them, and they run, terrified, under my bed. But does that deter Penny? No! She gleefully tries to wiggle under the bed, thinking that their hissing actually means please come closer, I'd like you to manhandle me.
And then Mila starts fussing. So I run to her, put her binky in, give her a little love, then run back to Baby Penny who is now taking out every item in my overstuffed diaper bag. And throwing it (or eating it).
Once I get my diaper bag put away and put up high, I turn around and she's gnawing on a granola bar. MY granola bar. There goes morning snack. And as I type this, she is currently trying to stuff herself in a dollhouse. It's kind of entertaining.
Penny and Mila are 15 months apart. Remind me to not have another child until Mila is, oh I don't know, 15. YEARS. That oughta help.
I am wiped, and it's only been two hours!
So, to all you moms with kids close in age, I seriously take off my hat to you. I mean this seriously. You have a tough job!