And then there were TWO!
Introducing #2, Kelsey. Two years after Corri’s arrival, Kelsey entered our life loudly, literally. She was 9 pounds of fussiness. I think Corri and I walked 10 miles a day, because Kelsey liked the movement. My talk about comforting, crying and sleeping that I often give was born from the first 3 months of Kelsey’s life! Yes, you can have a colicky baby, remain sane, and the child can mature into a wonderful adult, I have living proof.
Kelsey was a joy after the first 3 months. She continued to be very active, took everything head on, and loved it all. She is now a nurse and in graduate school finishing her family nurse practitioner.
Kelsey taught us that your heart has room for more love with each child. Each child has their own temperament, and there is good and bad in every temperament. Our job as a parent is to help a child develop the positive parts of their temperament, and handle the negative ones. Sometimes I think we are given children to help us deal with parts of our temperament that need work. Kelsey helped me to not sweat some of the small stuff. Our children are born with certain ingredients in their temperament. As parents our job is to mix and knead and cook with those ingredients in the best way we can. Look at your child’s special ingredients today!
Take a breath, enjoy the joyful moments of each day, and remember you don’t have to be perfect to be the perfect parent.