one thing i didn't realize before having children is how much you are at their beck & call. i understood the baby part - the baby cries and you WILL go fix whatever is wrong - but I never considered being at the beck and call of a toddler. if either toddlerJ or toddlerT is calling - we go running. Potty time? we go. The child is done eating - I hurry to wisk away the dishes and food so it doesn't become playtime with food. child is done drawing - you rush to put the supplies away before they start doodling on something other than paper. child is quiet in the other room - run like hell to see what they've gotten into.
before we had kids, I did not foresee the extreme demands on me past their babyhood. Sure I know you watch the children and play with the children, etc. But I did expect it to be a bit less demanding over time. Now when either child gets up, we rush to get them before they wake the other children - so for the last three years, EVERY morning begins, for me, with going from a deep sleep to down the hall in 3.2 seconds. WHICH IS A SUCKY WAY TO START EVERY GOSH DARN #$@%@ MORNING, BTW. And we stay at that level of attention until they goto bed at 8. It is freaking exhausting. Just some whining, sorry, but I've spent every second since 6:30 this morning at strict attention and I'm a bit tired of it already. only 9 more hours to go!