1) How has motherhood surprised you?
I'm surprised by how much I second guess myself. In general I'm pretty decisive but not when it comes to motherhood. There's a constant buzzing in my head questioning whether or not my decision was the right one.
For example..... the boys received new "special prizes" for getting along for 8 days straight, this is a win for our house. So we're working on using our words and sharing.
My oldest asked my middle guy if he could share his new toy with him. So as it's happening I'm thinking "wow this is great he's using his words to ask for his toy," but then my middle guy says no, he doesn't want to share. And I'm thinking "ahhhh what do I do now?!" My oldest asked so nicely to share but my middle guy just opened his new toy. So a new house rule was made that you don't have to share your new toy the first day you get it but you have to share it the next morning. So of course that moment played out in my head for awhile questioning whether that was the right thing to do.
2) What is a typical day like?
Kids are up around 6, we watch tv in the morning, breakfast around 7:30, then get dressed for the day. By 9:30 we have started an activity, are in the playroom, outside in the yard or in the car.
We settle down by 12 for lunch and books. My 2 year old naps after lunch for about 2 hours while the other boys play or relax.
Dinner is around 5:30 and bedtime routine starts after 7. Bath time varies each day.
3) What is the biggest challenge?
Handling the bickering between the boys. Everyone always talks about sibling rivalry but I wasnt prepared for it. There are days when they are constantly bickering and I've learned that those days, they need to play separately.
4) What is the biggest joy?
I know it's sappy but I find joy in every day. I am so incredibly grateful that I get to watch them grow, become friends, love, explore, learn, overcome obstacles, play and just be children.
5) What is the best piece of Mom advice you've been given or would give? We're all doing our best.