Just some thoughts to document my feelings since I know at some point in my life, I'm going to look back and barely remember some of this!
1. Boys are way different than girls! I know everyone is saying "no sh**" right now, but until you actually experience it, OH MY GOSH! My little girly girl who wears jewelry, bows and carries a purse doesn't know what to think about these boys who will just run into eachother for no reason - or run their cars into eachother and crack up laughing! We girls are very confused :)
2. 3 children 3 years and younger DO NOT always play with eachother. I thought "great, they will have instant playmates"! NOPE! Sometimes they are fine but most of the time they are fighting over something like a white Lego.
3. Mommy really values her sanity. Nap time, although I would love to be cleaning or napping, has turned into just sit and do absolutely nothing. I stay as quiet as I can so that I can juice that nap for as long as I can and regain all of my marbles!
4. I grieve my family that once was. I know it's been less than a week, but I grieve my family prior to the boys: One little person to put to bed - Fast grocery store trips - Worry free playing at the park - One bath - Potty trained little girl. Selfish? yes. In the same breath, I understand that these boys need us AND in the grand scheme of life, the time we devote to loving them and keeping them safe is minimal yet crucial.
5. Praying does wonders for the mind. Every night when I put the boys to bed, I rock each one of them and say a prayer over their heads! The calm and peace truly help to clear my head. OH...and prayer works! :)
6. My house stays cleaner and more organized with 3 kiddos than it did with 1. I also cook a decent dinner every night and have managed to take a shower every day!
7. I'm really impressed with my patience.
8. Foster kiddos are still kiddos. They still play, laugh, run, cry and learn. They cannot be discounted or pushed to the side because of a situation they had nothing to do with. They cannot be thought of as a "burden" or "messing up plans". There are no consequences or mistakes...only purpose.
9. I need a social life more than ever!
HOW IT ALL BEGAN: