Thursday, November 5, 2009

Once upon a time...

...there was a young mother of two. Her daughters were beautiful and brought her so much joy, but lately she had really been struggling with how to give both of her daughters the love and attention she wanted to give them. She had an adorable infant who wanted to keep mommy in eyesight at all times and a vibrant two year old who wanted to run and play all day long. She had spent the summer months (the end of her pregnancy) going on daily adventures with her oldest daughter. They kept very busy and went so many great places. After the birth of her youngest the adventures slowed down greatly. Life was definitely easier if she just stayed home and played there, but the mother really struggled because though staying home was much easier with the baby she felt terrible for her older daughter who had to see all her adventures end. Now of course she knew that the adventures were only on pause for a short time and would continue in the future, but it was hard to explain that to an active two year old. The mother tried to take smaller adventures close to home, but often times those ended with at least one child in tears (though often both - and sometimes even the mother too). And so, the mother is left a bit confused on how to raise a toddler and a baby without feeling like she is neglecting one of them.

(OK, I understand this is third person, but it just seemed easier than admitting it as a first person story :-)

2 comments:

lenamarie said...

It is SO hard to go out & about with a 2 yr old & infant. I remember just taking my cousins to the park and pushing the baby int he swing while the 2yr old played on the slide and jungle gym. Then all of a sudden, he took off running down the hill toward the rode. I had to yang Mikayla out of the swing so quick & run down the field after Josh. We left the park after that & went home.

Sarah Webber said...

I just told myself over and over that no one was ever ruined by having a sibling.