So days you just feel like a failure as a parent. Some days we wake up and have a great time playing, everyone is getting along, and there is only moderate levels of whining. Let's be real, with 2 toddlers, the best you can hope for is moderate whining, and I'm okay with that. And then, you have days like today. Where there is nearly constant whining. Where the whining hits a nerve and causes me to yell, which I hate. Where they run around like animals, banging on the walls, breaking things, hitting their sister, acting like some demon has taken over their little 2-year-old bodies. Where no amount of punishment or grace has any effect on them. I just don't get it. So, tonight I quit. They are running in their room, banging their blinds, hitting the walls, bound to wake up Hannah. I have gone in there and tucked them back in. Gone in and punished them. Gone in and explained why their actions are dangerous (blinds falling down) and irresponsible (wake up sister). Nothing matters. I can even sit in the room with them and they just don't care. There is no change in action.
Nothing makes you feel less in control that this whole experience with children - from trying to conceive, loss and pregnancy complications, and now parenting. I used to walk into work sure of what I was doing, knowing what was going on with someone's body and able to help heal them. That was the easy work. THIS, this day in and out feeling like a failure, of knowing my children are a bit more, shall we say, free-spirited than most, this is what gets to me. I worry that my boys aren't getting all they need, that they are falling more behind after losing all our therapies at once. Yet, we're finding it nearly impossible to get in with a pediatrician here in FL to start the referral process to get the therapy started again. And we've been told the waiting list for some of them could be months. Meanwhile, the boys are not interacting well with kids, throwing violent temper tantrums in public. And no amount of love or disciple makes a bit of difference. I know we are all sinners, but no one sees that more than the parent - child relationship. Not with college roommates, not with spouses, it's the kids that point out the sin in your life. And it's amazing to watch them lie or bite or deceive right in front of you. AUGH! I know this is a stage, a stage we prayed for for years. But it is a difficult stage, stretching me to my limits.
And just when I am about to lose my mind, I step funny and hurt my foot (biopsy this morning on the plantar surface of my foot, so I've been hobbling around all day). I sit down and cringe. Dean comes over to me and makes a pouty face/whiny noise. And says "It's okay Mommy. I'll take care of you." I wrap him up in a hug and, as he buries his face in my shoulder, he whispers "I just love you so much." :) God knows when we need these moments, for our sake and our kids. His Grace is sufficient, and I need to rest in that on these off days/weeks.
Potty training starts tomorrow, so that should be fun....more to come on that I'm sure!