One thing that I was totally unprepared for after becoming a parent was how hard looking after a three year old would be.
Babies are hard in their own way and everyone has heard of the ‘terrible two’s’ but they are nothing compared to the three’s.
The three’s are mentally draining.
Some days not a minute goes by where I’m not being bombarded with questions, orders and requests.
I’m hungry, I’m bored, I want to do something fun, what day is it, I want my toy from upstairs, I need a poo, I’m thirsty, get me a drink, GET ME A DRINK MUMMMEEEEE.
If I don’t do what I’m expected to do in one second then the order gets repeated at an increasing volume.
Things are always said in a frantic, whiny voice too which makes it impossible for me not to reply back that way.
Sometimes hearing ‘MUMMMMEEEEEEEEE’ thousands of times in one morning has even led to me begging Cherry to call me by my actual name.
Then there are the tantrums over the most ridiculous of things. Total breakdowns occur because the doll that used to fit in the pushchair without an issue now ‘isn’t right’ (despite nothing being different).
It’s the biggest test of my patience and sometimes I fail to keep calm but I always pick myself up and start afresh because these kids can spot out any weakness in an instant!
Of course three year olds are great too. Their constant need for answers and the way they are learning everything at such a rapid rate really is amazing. Cherry is obsessed with the days of the week and the universe at the moment. I feel like I need to read up on astronomy and all kinds of subjects just to give her the information that she so desperately wants. It wouldn’t be so bad if she was my only child but when you also have a demanding one year old it can be hard to give either of them your full attention.
I absolutely love being a mum, I appreciate every minute and even in the ones where I want to rip my head off to get some peace I wouldn’t change it for the world.
I’m not going to lie though, some days I do spend a few minutes dreaming about the peace and quiet of my retirement years. I would love to retire to somewhere hot and sunny, spending my days drinking cocktails and probably blogging, crazy to think how long I will have been doing it by then!!
If we don’t go overseas though and stay in this country then it’s good to know there are specialist companies like McCarthy & Stone who offer retirement homes for sale.
Of course I know that I will miss all of this one day, especially when my mind does that clever trick and makes me forget all the bad parts. All I will remember is the laughter and fun of spending my days looking after my two little monkeys.
Post in association with McCarthy & Stone.