Friday, February 17, 2012

Teaching Eleanor

I love having 5 kids.  I do.  But its quite challenging having such a range of ages in our house.  There are so many activities that are for young kids or older kids, but not both.  We have been doing the baby thing for 9 years in a row.  My oldest is about to turn 9 years old and my youngest is 15 months, the kids are all 18-27 months apart.  If you do the math you will realize that for the last 10 years I have been pregnant, nursing, had a newborn, and a child in diapers.  That's a lot of diapers and sleepless nights.

Quite frankly I am tired of all the babyhood.  Whenever I have just the older 3 kids, its like heaven.  Three children who can read, entertain themselves, fetch snacks, toilet, and bathe themselves.  Heaven.

But every once in a while I catch a glimpse of how great it is that we have another baby in the house (beyond the obviousness of having another sibling).  I love how the older kids are watching Eleanor grow up.  I love how they see how they were when they were little.  I love how they see I give tons of care and love to Eleanor, because they know I gave the same care to them.  They see the love come full circle, even if they don't remember the nights I spent rocking them or the screaming tantrums.  They see how I teach her with love and how she is starting to be treated like a big kid and I am enforcing the rules.

In addition they are learning to protect their sister, to share, to be part of a team.  I am just a tiny bit sad that Eleanor won't get to be a big sister.  But not so sad that I want to sign up for another few years of babyhood.

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