Day 27 (November 8) – Just a quick rant or rave. I have to be at a breakfast function related to my daughter at 8 a.m. This may seem like a rather normal time to some of you but with my sleep patterns all messed up, 8 a.m. is way too early. But then again, it’s for Amanda. That seems to be the same words that I used for both my kids year after year after they were born (both of them). I remember the endless nights feeding them, changing diapers, fevers, coughs, bad dreams, etc. Then there was Gymboree, swim lessons, soccer, hockey, gymnastics, art classes, music lessons and the list goes on and on. Did I ever feel resently that I did that for my kids? NOT AT ALL. That’s why I signed up to be a parent. I went to almost everything I could possibly attend so that I could cheer my kids on. Let it be known that I was not one of those ‘screamer moms’ that you sometimes see at the sporting events. I just quietly cheered my kids on and they knew it. My favs were always – ‘Did you see me score a goal mom? Didn’t I swim really fast? Did you see me do that tumble?’ and I could honestly say ‘Yes, I did’ (unless of course I was in the bathroom – which is another type of story). Parenting has had it’s ups and downs but you soon realize that as your kids get older, the sports and activities become lesser. And you miss them.
I often grumbled about spending all days at swim meets and cheer competitions and hockey tournaments. But then when there aren’t any, you miss it. So those of you with younger children than mine, embrace the times when you are watching them. Take pictures and video (even with your phone). Have them available for your kids to see. The visuals are what we talk about. They shouldn’t be stored in a computer.
If I could do one thing different, it would be to make photo albums to share. But alas with technology, you can make digital ones and get them printed out. The $$ spent on the memories of the presnet is ‘priceless’.
Love to you all …. me xoxo (I wonder if I can sleep now???)”