Just this past weekend I had the chance to catch up with a childhood friend. We lost touch for a good majority of our 20’s but hopefully, things will be turning around. I had the chance to explain that I when I got pregnant with Natalie when I was 23 I knew I wanted three kids. I then made this “rule” that I wanted 3 kids before I was 30. 3 pregnancies and births within 7 years are very taxing on the body, but I didn’t want to spend more than a decade pregnant, nursing or changing diapers. For the past 8 years I have been so selfless and literally giving everything that I have to my kids and ensuring that they have everything that they need, I am finally able to be a little more selfish and spend my 30’s doing me.
The kiddos drive me crazy–the non-stop bickering & shouting. With the ins and outs of the daily grind; these kids have really taught me some super important life lessons: love, patience & compassion. I have never EVER loved anyone more than I do my kids. The patience thing is a daily struggle and an ongoing feat for me. And for compassion, I want to teach my kids compassion so in return I must do what I want to teach.
I honestly look at other people my age, and think, “Wow, it would be amazing to have an awesome career & to be able to travel on a whim” or just to live a little bit more spontaneously but hands down, my life with my family and all of the chaos trumps all. I am so thankful for these crazy kiddos and all of the things that they have taught me and have yet to teach me. I swear, every day they teach me something new and I am ALWAYS on my toes.