January 19, 2013

Those Were The Days


I had a bit of a sore throat this week, so I decided to take myself off to the doctor.  As it is school holidays, I dragged the kids along, which was fine as they had their ipods to talk to.

While we were waiting, a young mother came in with her two cute little girls, probably aged around 3 and 4.  As I smiled and watched them run around the waiting room, it took me back to my own terror filled days of being a mother of a 4 year old, a 2 year old and a newborn.

Yes.  My kids are all two years apart.  I think back to those days and wonder how I did it all.  Two in nappies, one giant sized nappy bag and no electronic equipment suitable for this age group.

When they were little, the thought of taking all three to a confined space ie doctors waiting room, supermarket or movie theatre, filled me with such dread that I'd rather poke rusty forks in my eye than have to go through it.

My kids were energetic, loud little babes.  My three year old son could rip the door off the kindy bathroom quicker than you could say teacher retiring next year (this actually happened, but she put the door back on and she stayed on to teach my son how to walk inside!)

My kids wouldn't sit still in any waiting room, even with copious amounts of toys or books available.  They'd much rather open every cupboard or explore every closed door.  Persistant and adventurous, I'm sure they knew they were out in public which was the perfect time to embarrass me.

We loved our swimming lessons.  Each of my children started when they were 9 months old. 

One fabulous moment etched in my memory was when my two year old son decided to sprawl himself in the doorway, naked and as white as snow, reciting the word fuck fuck fuck over and over again in his bestest most loudest voice.

This impressed the mother of the goodie two shoes girls, who stepped over him and just said "hmm".

I can't understand why he didn't just say rainbows or unicorns, but I suppose his memory recall didn't allow for two or three syllable words at that stage.

As they got older, it became a little easier.  The age gap didn't change of course but they did find a little sense somewhere.  I still can't take them to Bunnings without them tearing off in three different directions, but we can go to the movies and behave or sit in the doctors waiting room and not make a scene.

Sometimes they will hide under the clothes racks in K Mart but that's okay because everyone does that.  Time kicks on and kids grow up and life gets easier.

But seeing the mum with the two cute little girls made me long for the days of doors being ripped off hinges and little kids in swimming lessons and baby stuff in giant baby bags.  I miss it and I suppose when the kids are teenagers and sulking in their bedrooms, I'll think back to today and miss that too.

Don't wish the time away because it's gone in a moment.


"Please just one good photo in front of a very important building for Grandma.  Just one....".

24 comments:

Steve Flavel said...

Oh Michelle... I hear you!!!!

Steve Flavel said...

Kylie here, btw!

Farmers Wifey said...

Oh hello there!!!! Welcome to Farmers Wifey and I know you know EXACTLY what I'm talking about xo

Glamamuma said...

oh I feel the same missing those days of my little girls before school age. Now I too wish I could go back to that time because it all goes too fast, I keep saying to them "stop growing" just want time to slow down a little bit :)

Farmers Wifey said...

I know what you mean, all the days I used to think "I can't wait until they are older and they can........." but I really think now I miss the baby days! xo

Marissa said...

Smiles all the way from Texas!!! Can't wait to become a mom...

Marissa @ Beautifully Organised said...

So true - the time really flies! You're kids are gorgeous xx

River said...

Time does pass in a heartbeat. I remember vividly picking up my just-turned-two daughter after bringing the new brother home from hospital and being amazed at how big she felt cuddling in to me.
Next month she will be 40.

Farmers Wifey said...

@ Marissa from Texas, smiles back at you lovely x

@ Marissa, thank you so much xox and yes they are x

@ River I know exactly what you mean, the oldest suddenly becomes so big!! xo

angela said...

How true it this, my little ones are now gone to their own homes starting their own lives. I pine for the good old days, but soon, not too soon, I will have grand babies and will get to relive them In a oh so much better way!

Sonia LifeLoveandHiccups said...

I am being the biggest sook in the world at the moment about my baby starting school and the old time flies is haunting me a little. It doesnt fly - it frigging booms so quick that it knocks the wind out of you. xx

Thomas - WHAT said...

My wife and I are having our first together and we also have my 13yr son. She always wants 2-3 kids around the same age and I say be careful what you wish for. I remember just taking the little one places and oh my the stuff he would get into. I can only imagine 2-3 young ones with years of each other.

Journo June aka MamaBear said...

Yep, I'll echo that! Gone in a flash! Mine are 25 and 23 now! WHAT??? How did that happen? I don't miss much about the toddler years, but I do miss when they would come and get in bed with me after Daddy went to work and we would sleep in. We homeschooled, so we did that for many years! :-) I enjoyed EVERY stage, though, even the teen years. And now, they are amazing adults and we still have a lot of fun together. Regular family game nights, including good friends, continue to be lots and lots of laughs.

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jeanie said...

Hey there FarmersWifey - just wondering how you fared in the recent ex-TC Oswald fiasco?

Mine are 10 years apart - perfect age gap, but not for the larger family!!

sophie...^5 said...

Too funny Michelle...live for the moment right!!!! I'd say your kids are individuals and have personality....!!

Maria said...

I have never wished for them to be older but I they are now 9 & 10 yr old (boys) and I have never wished for them to be 2 and 3 as much either.

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