I’d like to invite you to come on home, meet my family! These are my ANGELS. You should feel honoured because I don’t share them with just anybody…they are my prized accomplishments!
Stop me if you’ve heard this before but I have to say that I am one of the LUCKIEST people in the world!! I have been blessed with 5, YES you read correctly, FIVE, AMAZING children and I wouldn’t change any of them in any way. Not even 1 hair on their beautiful, sweet heads.
Some people ask why I decided to have 3 kids when I was young and then decide to have 2 more once the first three were grown. “That is your time to relax, travel, take time for yourself!!”. Well, it’s really very simple. I love being a mommy. No, I LOVE being a MOMMY!!!! If I could scream it from the highest mountain tops, I would.
From the depths of my soul, I know that my “calling” in life is and always has been, to be a MOM. There is NOTHING in this world that makes me happier, so when people ask me this question – my response is that it happened exactly like it was supposed to happen. And to have been pregnant for 45 months, you REALLY have to like being a mom.
People also often ask me what its like having such a huge age gap between the first 3 and the second two. I look at it this way, if I had given birth to them all around the same time, I would have been run ragged. I wouldn’t have been able to enjoy each and every one of them and to get to know them each individually. As well, when I gave birth to the two youngest angels, the 3 older ones were old enough to actually ENJOY the babies. They were able to appreciate their brothers in a way that never would have happened had they been born all grouped together. Not to mention the older kids have been a HUGE help with the babies and extra help with babies and toddlers is always a PLUS!
“Which do you prefer – having babies when you were young or having them in your 40’s?” I can only respond to this by saying its DIFFERENT. Each has it’s pros and cons – being young I had a lot of energy but I knew absolutely nothing about parenting. Living with only a few hours of sleep a night was no biggie. Having to grow up really fast was definitely a con, especially when all of your friends were out partying on Friday and Saturday night and you are at home rocking a sick baby.
Being older, I have a lot more patience than I did when I was 19 and I’ve had time to learn from my mistakes. I don’t have half the energy I had back then but then they say staying active keeps you young. I’ve been able to live and to really put stock into what matters in life. So, being a parent at both ages has it’s benefits and it’s hurdles but all in all, I’ve enjoyed both experiences of being a mommy exactly the same.
Does this make me an expert at parenting? ABSOLUTELY NOT! Everyday is a new learning experience and I may be able to provide other parents with some suggestions or advice if asked but I don’t have all of the answers and I never will. The BOTTOM LINE is that I am enjoying every single second I have with my angels, and that’s what matters most!