"Adopting a Child won't change the world; but for that Child the world will change."

Saturday, 9 February 2008

It occured to me...

Its Saturday. Yay! I love Saturday! I slept in til about 930. And only got up because H-Man said Miss M was strangling him. All was well. No one died, and no blood was shed. It occured to me, that a 10 year old and 6 year old, don't get on. Well, that's not entirely true ~ they do get on... but it's the petty arguing that is driving me insane. I hope it passes soon (the arguing. I'm sure the insanity will only get worse!)

But as I strolled around in my PJs til noon; I contemplated life as we know it. Sleep ins on the weekends and school holidays. Freedom while the kids are at school. Shopping alone. Kids that can go to the toilet on their own, swim on their own, feed themselves... It occured to me (yes, I must be having a very enlightened day!) that soon, life will be changed forever! Of course, I knew it would - but it was all very real this morning, as Miss M was quietly watching TV in one room, and H-Man was playing games in another room... it was so quiet. I stood in my kitchen making a cup of tea, imagining a toddler:
Clinging to my leg, whining "up". Tripping on toys spread throughout the house. Mountains of washing from messy feed time, or worse - blow out nappies! Screaming because someone is using a toy. Sticky spots all over the floor from dropped/spilt drinks. Having eyes in the back of my head, watching what will be snatched off the table next! Two school-aged children screaming because a little person has just broken their prized craft from School.

Don't get me wrong! I'm not whining about it - I've already done it twice... it was just "real", for some reason, this morning. One day, this year... all will change. There will be heart melting smiles, first words, first steps, and hilarious baby antics.

There is nothing more precious, than being given the gift of being a parent and watching your children learn and grow. I hope I remember that, when I'm having a bad day!!! Children are a gift.

11 comments:

Alyson & Ford said...

Loved the post - that got me to thinking. How true that our lives will "change" once we have our little ones. I've been asked more than once if I have the "energy" to do it. I figure some days yes, some days no.

Sticky spots and toys everywhere, I best get ready :)

peace
fm

Special K said...

I think about this a lot...which is way I treasure my weekend sleeping til 10a and how easy it is to leave the house whenever I feel like it to go get my nails or hair done or just go to the grocery.

But I'm ready for it all to change, too!

PattiB said...

Oh my gosh... I had almost the same thought yesterday as I was calculating and speculating (for the zillionth time) how long it would be before we held Maddy. I know I willbe so euphoric to actually hold her in my arms that I will briefly forget what we have gotten ourselves into!!! But soon enough reality wills et in...but it will still be SO WORTH IT!!!
Cheers.....

Jenn said...

I can really relate to this post! I often think about the fact that we are in a nice 'calm before the storm' period rignt now-no babies and no teenagers, but still plenty of toys lying around and lots of sticky spots! (That's what dogs are for, right?)

With our youngest probably starting school next year, I often wonder if we are crazy to get back into the baby thing! Only one way to find out for sure I guess!

Ava's family said...

Every now and then the same thing hits me....Usually when I see people out to eat with the child and the baby is screaming!! Also, knowing that even tho we never do it, my hubby and I could go out on a date whenever we feel like it. We have talked about taking advantage of this time before our lives change again and have a date once in awhile. However, I'm sure looking forward to when our lives change again!

cougchick said...

Cracking up at the "Aussie speak". When I first read this I read it as "H-Man and Miss M don't get IT on." LMAO.

Once you bring Minnie home you'll be so in love you won't care about the fact that life as you know it, is over. No more leaving things lying around, etc.

i-Con said...

I love that post! I'm used to being mama to a pager so at least I have an idea of that 'my time is not my own' will be like.

I'm sure I'm underestimating the reality but I'm more than ready to get started.

No sheep shaggin' ;0)

Briana's Mom said...

You just described my life... :)

It was such a HUGE adjustment when Briana came into our lives. We were married 10 years without kids! We could do whatever we wanted, whenever we wanted. Ahh, sleeping in. I do really miss that.

But, when Briana smiles at me - it's all worth it.

Linda said...

It's funny that when your children grow up and have their own families, those are the things you miss. You have so much time and things stay clean..It gets boring, that's why Grandkids are so great. So you guys keep having your families and letting your relatives love them along with you...Linda

Chelley said...

that was a VERY real post.... And when your day comes and Mimi is waking you up at 7am on a saturday morning wanting food.. Think of these moments that you get to sleep in!!! hehehe And you know when she grows up you will be able to sleep in again!!

Cristina said...

Don't fret Ozimum - you will be FINE!!!! I have been back 'in the swing' for almost four months now and it's not too bad at all. In fact, I think I am appreciating being a parent far more this time, as I have a bit of wisdom and life-experience under my belt that I didn't have when I had my two bio babies. You WILL have crappy days, but I promise you that the smiles and cuddles from your precious China babe will make them all worth it!

Cristina xxx