Remembering . . .

Moms060514Wow. You know how you (almost) forget how much it hurts to have a baby, once you have the baby? It’s kind of like that with parenting, too. Intellectually I know how much work it is to care for a house full of little ones. I did it, by God’s grace, and it was a ton of work.

But I don’t really remember until a day like today, when I left the house at 6:30 a.m. to help out my daughter with her three little 5-years-old-and-under girls at a doctor appointment, and ended the day babysitting three more children 5-years-old-and-under for a few hours at my son’s house.

Simple things like going to the bathroom become a challenge. How did I used to do it?

Who invented teeny dolls with teeny rubbery clothes that come off a lot easier than they go back on?

Every stop, if children are going in, requires unstrapping and re-strapping them in and out of car seats, and I am car seat-challenged.

Words are repeated over and over and over and over…

Arms get closed into car doors.

Swings need pushing (I found out one can push a swing quite effectively with a foot while sitting in a lawn chair — no news I’m sure for most of you, but somehow I missed that observation when I was pushing my own children.)

I’m tired. I can’t stay awake to write this post. I’ve dozed off half a dozen times.

I’m going to bed, and as I brush my teeth, I will pray for you, mothers of little ones! You’re awesome, and you serve an awesome God. He will give you the grace and energy to persevere.

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  1. Amen! Our six children are now age 20 down to age 7 and I don’t even remember how I did it when they were all little and nursing and car seats and potty training and nursing and potty training some more and learning to read 🙂

    Pam ~ as someone further down the path of parenting, thank you for encouraging me to continue to try to encourage those Moms coming along behind!

  2. What a wonderful post!! I am a mother of 7,ages 29-2. Three years ago,I thought I was happily on the way to enjoying grandmotherhood since I had a little granddaughter. My youngest daughter was a very grown up ten year old.Then I found out I was pregnant at 46!!! My little Joanna is now two years old and has discovered that she is terribly afraid of tiny specks which may be bugs. Every day; a few times; we have to talk about how God made bugs, bugs are not scary, some bugs are beautiful. . .etc. . . Recently my oldest daughter spent six weeks at my house with her two children , ages 4 and 2 while her husband was away with the Air Force. All I can say is Wow!! I am finding Fisher Price Little People in all kinds of crazy places three weeks after they left!! My daughter is a lot more organized than I am at this point. She just stays on top of things and it is amazing. I did not remember having little ones to be so challenging.It is certainly worth it and fun though. This time around, I remember that it was “only yesterday” that my oldest son was a cute little two year old, now he is pushing 30!! It went by very quickly.

  3. Thank you for your prayers. My little ones (4) are 6 an under and I also care for our niece who is 2. There’s always an adventure at home,.

  4. Whew, that made me exhausted reading it; but I remember those days vividly. My littles are older but I still have some little ones bringing up the rear. I loved reading this post. I tell my older daughter that I pray I will continue to love being a “mom” even into the grandma stage. My mom had almost 20 years without little people around before my kids were born and she still gets overwhelmed by the noise. I want to keep myself from getting too sensitive to “little ones.”
    Lord, give these moms strength and joy during the days of little feet and help them to have the energy at the end of the day to get a glimpse of them sleeping to renew their tired minds and exhausted hands and see the blessings that you have given. In our Savior’s name, Amen.

  5. Pam, thank you for this encouraging message. I am a grandmother who has a sick adult daughter and support that household by contributing meals, helping with household chores and caring for my 3 grandchildren, ages 6, 4 and 2. I can so relate to being exhausted by even dinner time and falling asleep as soon as you sit down (if you keep moving, it isn’t so bad). Bless you for your continued ministry to young and old Christian women who may at times feel like they are the only ones enduring or going through a particular circumstance. Although I am often so tired and wonder how I can keep on doing this, I have found that the Lord always gives me the strength, grace and wisdom I need to continue to “scatter myself daily” and fulfill this role that He has ordained for me. He alone is faithful!

  6. I don’t know how I fell off of the Doorpost radar!! We recently moved from CA to TX. I have a 12, 10, 5, 3, 1 and we have 4 weeks until the next arrives.
    I have found myself so overwhelmed lately and feeling like a complete failure!!!!! This post made me laugh because I really do Praise God for this time. But I’m struggling in those moments of it happening. The looking back and reflecting is always so much easier. My parents are also relocating with us in a couple of weeks. Bless their hearts! They had two children and have never lived in the same area with us. Many visits, but no permanence. I find myself praying a lot to help their transition to being around a larger family. I know the Lord can help, but I do feel overwhelmed. I suppose I feel like the Martha who has a lot to get done in a day, but I am not having a Mary attitude towards my children. Oh well, the Lord knows. Sorry for this long-winded comment!!! Hugs to you for helping your children. I know they are blessed.