1. 28 days before my 32nd birthday I had a hysterectomy.
2. I had been through so much after my second son I was glad to have it done.
3. I spent 2 years trying to feel normal and being pain free before I agreed to give up my uterus even though I knew we were not having anymore children.
4. Point of the top three facts….at 35 I still get asked if I will try for a girl.
5. Why do people always assume we want more or want what we don’t have?
6. I am good with my two boys. Chances are if we were able to have another kiddo I would get baby boy #3 and there is way too much energy in my house as it is.
7. I had to
work talk to my husband for over a year to get him to agree to have a second child.
8. As a military family I felt a sibling was important. With our oldest having a Bilateral Cleft Lip and palate my husband was worried our new little one would feel left out or neglected.
9. At 11 & 8 neither one of our children feel this way. We make sure to make time for them both and prep the little guy just as much as the big guy for surgery and what are plans are surrounding surgery.
10. Being a parent of two children keeps me very busy but I wouldn’t change a single minute of it.
11. I am so glad my boys have each other. There are so many times where I can see that one day they will have each others back. They will support each other and stand by each other and it makes me feel so happy.
12. Being a parent is tough. Having two kids keeps me busy enough that I am super impressed by single parents and parents who have more than two children.
13. I am a parent who believes extra curricular activities like sports, music and art are important but that every second of my boys lives does not and should not be scheduled.
14. I love days where we can all just relax….on a side note my husband doesn’t sit still for long so often relaxing means going on a hike which we all really enjoy together :)
15. As a parent I try hard to know what my kids are doing and how things are going always and I feel lucky and privileged that my kids are still talking and sharing things with me. I hope it continues.
16. I read somewhere that if you listen to your kids and respond to them when they are talking what seems to be nonsense in their younger years then when they are older they will remember you always really listening to what they had to say and hearing what they were trying to tell you ( for example a long drawn out explanation about the fire drill and how exciting it was meaning they had a good day and learned new things).
17. ….it makes sense to me so I try to really hear what they are saying to me even when their descriptions are taking a long time and we should be heading out the door to our next event :)
18. It is nice to know there are parents out there who are in the same boat. Parents who have kids that behave almost everywhere else but have tantrums at home, parents who lose their mind some days because they don’t know what to do or how to change the bad behaviors they are seeing….parents who know (like I do) that the behavior they are trying to correct in their children is something that was learned from them….(yup queen of the tantrums when I was 8 too :)
19. It is hard to change behaviors that are so ingrained in your person. It can be done if you work hard enough.
20. I hope someday my kids will have all of the best things that make up both myself and my husband and only a few of the bad things….I also hope that any of the “bad” things they may have are the minor qualities we share. I hope as a parent I teach my boys to be kind and caring as well as being able to look out for themselves.