Babies Vs. Puppies

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Are you ready for another one? I always smirk when I am asked this question. I smile and provide the same answer, "I know my limitations."

The truth is, I'm not sure I AM ready for another one ("one" being a baby). I am not sure I ever will be. Is one enough?

Don't get me wrong. I LOVE BEING A PARENT. I have loved the journey of parenthood. Almost every minute (minus a few crazy sleepless nights, night terrors, and vomit).

Before I had the kiddo (we waited 13 years)…well, truth be told, I can't remember much before that time. I do remember rolling my eyes a few times as a few friends and family shared words such as "Just wait…" and "You'll see…" From money to sex to time, I had heard parenthood could be a "challenge." I had heard that parenthood changes everythingDoes it?

Through time, I watched as family and friends had their own "additions."  I saw a love like no other. I saw pride beaming as they held their infants. I heard the stories of "firsts" and the days when their little ones sat up, stood up, talked, pooped in the potty, and went to preschool for the first time on their own. I wanted to be part of that journey too.

Along came my Ella and my world was rocked. Indeed, everything I had heard and seen seemed to come true. There were struggles. There were rewards. Parenthood has developed ME. I truly feel that it has made me a better person and with the birth of my daughter, the world a better place. Perhaps THAT is what parenthood is truly about.

And as for that question, "Am I ready for another one?"

I'm thinking a puppy this time around.

What about you?

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Babies Vs. Puppies

Jeannie Fleming-Gifford is a mama to one little lady, freelance writer, and the director of education for a non-profit community school of the arts. Graduating with a B.A. in Music and a M.A. in Child Development, Jeannie began her career in quality child development programs as a teacher, then moved into creative administrative roles with science centers, symphony orchestras and arts programs. Owner of 170+ year old house, Jeannie loves living in small town America where walks to the park and ... More

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  1. Rachel says:

    I may not be ready but We will make it work 🙂 and my doggie is great with my babies 🙂 Loyal protector she is and she is a pit bull to boot 🙂 Love my Life Love my Dog and LOOOOVE my kiddos 🙂

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