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It’s the end of an era…

It’s the end of an era…

Last weekend I ran in 5k pushing a jogging stroller. It’s been a long time since I’ve done something like that.  Obviously I wasn’t in typical competitive race mode and my mid-race thought process was very different.  This stroller’s tire seems flat! I hope it can make it 3 more miles! Then there was the realization- Wow!  I’m going so much slower than my last raceBut the thought that sticks out most in my mind was when I realized this was it. This might be my last time I run pushing one of my kids in a jogging stroller… 

I’ve never been a huge fan of jogging strollers but when you’re a stay at home mom with young kids and no treadmill you do what you need to do.  I remember those days well when I was home with babies and toddlers.  The days were long and there was so much to do.  Someone always needed changed or fed.  It was challenging but so incredibly rewarding watching my babies grow and learn.  I was home full-time with my kids for ten years and I wouldn’t trade a minute of it. Every time I see a young mother with little ones I am quickly reminded of that very busy time in my life. I’m so thankful for that time I had with them when they were little.  Everyone warned me that it would go by so fast and they were right.

 

Abi & Tia

2004

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2006- believe it or not these two are 11 & 9 now!

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2008

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2011

 

I’m in a different phase of mothering now.  Three of my four children are in school.  My “baby” is almost five and will start kindergarten next year.  He goes to preschool two mornings a week and I’ve been working part-time for over a year now.  I used to think of moms with school-age children as older moms. Since my oldest child started kindergarten in 2009 I’ve always been juggling kids in school and some at home.  My “no more stroller” epiphany reminded me that I’m leaving one parenting phase and entering another. Am I ready for this?


A few weeks ago a boy asked my oldest daughter to Homecoming. What?!!! Time- please stop going by so quickly! Am I ready for this next parenting phase??  One day at a time.

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