5 Things I’m Looking Forward to as My Baby Gets Older
I'll be the first to admit that I am thoroughly a baby person.
I love the baby stage, and honestly, it's been my life for so long (we've had four kids in six years), so there's been a new baby turnover every two years. I really, really have trouble imagining anything else.
To not hold the comforting weight of a chubby baby in my arms, to not wake up to the messy hair of a baby in pajamas, cute little belly poking out, to never have a bad mood turned instantly around by the unconditional love of a baby kiss?
It just breaks my heart to think about it. There are so, so many benefits of having a baby in the house, I think, for the entire family, and it's so hard to think that our time of baby years may be coming to a close.
So to help me move to the next stage, I have to remind myself every now and then of the good things to look forward to outside of the baby stage as well, such as…
Guys, this is a big one. There is something to be said about living in a constant state of sleep deprivation. It's almost like our bodies get used to it and it doesn't seem that bad.
But the moment that your baby starts actually sleeping through the night consistently — it's like your body gets super greedy, and you'll realize how much better you feel when you actually get sleep. And then it's really, really hard to go back.
No more diapers.
I'm still a ways off from the no-diaper stage, but I have to admit that's one thing I won't miss. I mean, how much money will I have every month when I'm not buying diapers for two kids?!
Getting to know your kids.
So, the cool thing about babies is that they grow up into even cooler kids. I genuinely enjoy my big kids, and it never ceases to amaze me how much fun they really are. The things that come out of their mouths sometimes, I swear — they keep me laughing.
Babies are awesome, but as it would turn out, they're always your kids as they grow, and that's even more awesome.
Currently, I make big plans for “fun” family adventures, but with a baby on board, there's usually an epic not-fun-at-all meltdown. The packing and prep work is often enough to exhaust me before I even leave the door, so someday, I can say it might be more enjoyable for the whole family to get out in the world when the kids are a little bit older.
I had to rack my brain for a #5 here because the more I thought about it, the more it seemed like babies trump no babies. But when I was really honest with myself, I do think there could be some advantages to having older kids when it comes to sheer amount of time in my day. If my day wasn't built around the baby's schedule and her naps and hoping she would stay happy enough for me to get dressed in the morning, life might just feel a little less crazed.
In the end, there is no such thing as “Life is always better without babies!” but for those of us who have to move past the baby stage, it may just help us to focus on a few of the positive parts, too, even while we mourn the loss of our comfy, cozy, chubby babies in our arms.