When you’ve got little kids at home, sometimes it feels as if the drama and the hard work will never end. Sleepless nights, countless nappy changes and the negotiation of nap times can become all-consuming.
I’m not going to lie to you; it doesn’t get easier.
The older they get, the more time they seem to need; the more attention and talking through of all their dramas. Someday’s that’s more exhausting than all the physicality of the younger years. Having said that, whilst it doesn’t get easier, it does get more fun.
So much more fun.
The past few days, we have had the in-laws up, which of course mean that Gastro has come to visit. It always does. 🙁 Thankfully, though, it has been relatively short-lived, and so today seemed like a great day to head out to Litchfield National Park and see all the things the Territory has to offer.
It’s the first time we have been for years; not even Taylah could remember having visited before, and whilst I was filled with apprehension at the idea of trying to negotiate the rock pools with little people, it turned out I needn’t have worried. They were fine.
There was something so truly beautiful about seeing all my little people growing up. Just Saturday I was lamenting that my little mate was now 5 years old, and where on earth did that time go? and yet here I was loving every minute. Seeing their joy as they explored the rock pools with such a wide-eyed beautiful enjoyment. The adventure of being somewhere new and that new place being full of so many rocks to climb.
It was pure awesomeness.
When our babies are first born, we fall in love with their innocence and their cuteness and the fact that there is suddenly this tiny person who is actually made from us; we share smiles or eye colour, or really large thighs.
And then they get older and they become these awesome people who you can’t help but want to be around. People with great senses of humour, and a fun way of looking at the world that is both fresh and insightful.
People who see joy in the things we take for granted, and the humour in the mundane.
People who have no idea what a photo bomb is, and yet do it anyway.
Awesome, wonderful, amazing little people, who take your breath away every day, even at the same time that they are driving you completely bonkers.
People just like you.