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Toilet Paper on the Floor

I am surprised at how different the reality of being a parent is from the expectations I had before my son was born. I felt like everywhere I looked people were complaining about parenting: how hard being a parent is, how tired they were from being a parent and how they could not wait until they had alone time. Since I am now on this end looking back, I don’t think they gave the whole picture of being a parent. Yes, being a parent is tiring, hard and I love it when I can take a break to clean and organize my whole house check pinterest for the 3rd 10th time today to get ideas I am totally going to never going to do. Instead of dwelling on the negatives I want to mention a few of the infinite reasons why being a parent is so much better than I ever imagined.

Reason #1 Before I became a parent, I was a math teacher at a public high school. I love teaching and one of the things that drove me in the classroom was seeing my students learn something they did not know before. If I could make it entertaining, my students might even enjoy learning the subject too. Now, as a parent, I love watching Jack discover new things. Jack started climbing the stairs a couple weeks ago. Phil let him do it and if, given the chance, Jack can “run” and climb our stairs, he will. Did I mention that he can’t walk yet? He clambers up the stairs, huffing and puffing as he goes. (I am right behind him to make sure he is ok.) You can tell he loves doing it too!

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Reason #2 So Reason #1 is Jack discovering climbing. Reason #2 is Jack learning there is a baby swing in his room, making a baby motion for me to put him into this swing (A baby motion is Jack starting to climb into this swing not realizing how much it swings and almost falling out of it) and helping him swing. (This baby swing is the type you put your 1 month old in to so you can check pinterest organize your closet.) The swinging lasts for 7 seconds before he is climbing on top of it. He loves this and will do it for far longer than I want to watch him. (We are planning on moving that swing.)

Reason #3 At the park today they had a curved bridge on the playground. I would never have noticed it but Jack was having a hard time crawling over it due to his socks being attached to his PJs and the material of the playground. He kept slipping. I would wedge my foot so that he could use it as a hold and could crawl over it. Sometimes I wouldn’t get my foot there in time and he would start to slip. Instead of getting frustrated, he would giggle. He then started going over it and would want to slip so that he could continue the fun. I think we spent 10 minutes just him starting to crawl up the bridge, slipping and then giggling.

Reason #4 Jack has discovered the toilet roll and how, when you hit it just right, you can have paper fly everywhere. To be honest, I think it’s pretty neat and would do it myself until I remember that we are paying for that roll of toilet paper. Now I just reroll it when he starts doing it and he can do it a couple more times.

Reason #5 Jack’s giggles

Reason #6 Jack eating anything. He can out eat most people I know.

Reason #7 Next door to my parents, there is a brown/tannish dog. One day my dad and Jack were walking by and it started barking.  Jack looked at it and started barking back.  The next day, there were some deer in the backyard. Jack took one look at those deer and started barking at them. Luckily he doesn’t understand me when I tell him he’s wrong. It’s really cute hearing him bark.

I am surprised that God blessed me with being Jack’s momma. Being a parent has also reminded me of one of Jesus’ promises. In Luke 12:32, Jesus states “Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” At some point, Jack is going to develop some fear. Fear of heights (he has to develop something so he can stop heading to those stairs!), fear of sharks (ask his daddy), fear of velociraptors (don’t ask) fear of a lot of things. This scares me that he might develop a fear about not receiving the kingdom. But Jesus reminds us (and Jack) to not _mg_2079fear and, more important, that He wants to give us the kingdom. I cannot imagine what the kingdom will be like but there are many beautiful verses that give us small glimpses. Besides those verses, one of my favorite glimpses of the kingdom has to be a 1 year old pulling on a toilet roll until all the paper has disappeared.. Or a 1 year old climbing into a too small swing… or barking… or… you get the idea. Just imagine a baby giggling.

What are some reasons why being a parent is so much better than you ever imagined?  Leave a comment below and I will add the best to this list.
Check out Ashley’s description of a day with children who are a little bit older than Jack. Especially pay attention to their paintbrushes.

 

Updated 9/25/2016

Here are more comments about being a parent.

Beth-Anne writes: “Seeing the world through my sons eyes, getting a view and deeper view of God, slowing down and not being as productive, snuggles….I could go on and on”

Amber writes: “One of my favorite parts of being a parent is that moment when a habit or principle or something that I’ve been trying to teach Rachael finally clicks with her… and suddenly it’s her own”

Tima writes: “Best part about being a parent – Last night I had four warm, sticky, sweaty arms wrap around me and two little voices say I love you. They melt my heart!”

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6 Comments

  • Reply Michelle September 20, 2016 at 4:38 pm

    Wow, thanks for sharing! Needed that today . Sincerly, the tired mother of a sick baby.

    • Reply Heather Anderson September 20, 2016 at 9:46 pm

      Praise God! I am glad it helped. ? Now let’s get that baby healthy!

  • Reply Amber September 20, 2016 at 6:31 pm

    One of my favorite parts of being a parent is that moment when a habit or principle or something that I’ve been trying to teach Rachael finally clicks with her… and suddenly it’s her own value and not just mine.

    • Reply Heather Anderson September 20, 2016 at 9:52 pm

      Thanks for sharing this! Good to to keep this in mind as this is coming quickly for me. ?

  • Reply Beth-Anne September 21, 2016 at 11:15 am

    Seeing the world through my sons eyes, getting a view and deeper view of God, slowing down and not being as productive, snuggles….I could go on and on

  • Reply Tima September 21, 2016 at 11:38 am

    Best part about being a parent – Last night I had four warm, sticky, sweaty arms wrap around me and two little voices say I love you. They melt my heart!

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