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    Quote Originally Posted by binnielici View Post
    I think there is any aspect of personality of children involved in this. I certainly don't want to undermine the effort you put in to keep them occupied and this was exactly the sort of thing I could do with my first born. My second child however just will not attend to tasks in the same way. He is not interested in colouring or quiet activities. He wants to run, jump, move. Constantly. He cannot bear to be constrained in any way. There is no peace with DS2 lol
    Certainly! You're right! However. ...i also gripe at being told I'm "lucky" to have kids who will do these things. It has been very consistent effort and patience and practice that has created this, not just luck. Having said that, i know that you can do the same with two kids and the results be different (having identical twins i know all about kids born with different personalities from day one....ha!). I guess I'm just saying that if this are getting you down, assess what you CAN do to create the parenting and calm home you'd like. We can't change it all, but it's not impossible to alter some things. It's worth it if parenting feels really blah most days.

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    I don't always enjoy it Im currently a sahm mum and I find it's a really under appreciated job. Just today I did a favour for someone by fixing some files on their pc (I previously worked in IT) and they couldn't get them to work and he said to my hubby in a joking way "he expected better since I stay home and play with a baby all day" I know he was joking but it's comments like that really annoy me! At work at least I was recognised for the work I do and paid!!

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    Default Are you enjoying this motherhood thing?

    To be completely honest I absolutely love it. I do however only (so far) have one child who is 7 months old. That could change if we are lucky enough to have more in the future haha..

    While pregnant I tried not to have any expectations on what it 'should' be like & expected bad days (exhausting) along with the good days.

    So far from day 1 I have loved it don't get me wrong some days are super exhausting when my dd wakes a lot during the night but I am genuinely enjoying being a mum. I think also after trying for 4 years to get our dd & at one stage thinking we'll never get a child, I appreciate every day. Just some days need more coffee than others

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    Today... No... And my kids are adults.. This mumma gig is tough no matter how old they are.. I'd give anything for a day of no stress due to a 21 yr old son.. When does it get better?

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    Default Are you enjoying this motherhood thing?

    To be honest, yes, I love it. Most days Doesn't mean it's always easy and I have many days where it's all overwhelming. I've only got one child though and another on the way. Im so blessed that my DS is healthy but he's by no means an easy child. I literally didn't sleep for the first year and even now at 2.5 he's still a really difficult sleeper. The hardest thing for me is having an extremely active boy who's a houdini, climber, acrobat who doesn't need sleep and while almost everyone I know has a toddler who will happily play in one spot, mine bolts, any chance he gets. He can be totally exhausting and exasperating but I still mostly revel in being a mother.

    My perspective may be different because I had to do IVF to have children and after recurrent miscarriages before I had my DS, I did have thoughts of never having a baby, ever. I'm very lucky to be pregnant with another but i'd so love to be able to have more children. I'm a bit of a strange creature in that I love doing toddler craft, going to the library, going to feed the ducks, folding washing. Even though I didn't sleep more than 2 hours a pop most of the first year or beyond, I really love babies. I also have plenty days I want to jump out the window and escape plenty!! I also can't parent without wine! No one tells just how hard, and relentless it will be, and i'm only at the beginning really but I guess I just often still my pinch myself that I actually am a mother, because it nearly didn't happen.
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    Honestly yes. It is what I was born to do. I love my me time too, and there are days when I wonder what I was thinking having a baby at 23, but generally I love it, the pride I feel when he achieves something new, or says "thank you mummy" unprompted, or any of the number of amazing things he does, well nothing can beat that feeling.

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    Default Are you enjoying this motherhood thing?

    Most days! Sometimes I cannot wait for bedtime.

    I am enjoying it much more now I am only working part time. I don't feel as stressed and guilty for not being with her as much.

    We don't have any family support here so we rely on friends to help out when needed and that took a bit to get use too.
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    Nope! I don't really. I find it monotonous and feel like half my brain was removed upon the birth of each child. That doesn't mean I don't enjoy parts of every day, but overall I don't enjoy it. I am a sahm and hate it. I want to do something else, but our situation and where we live means that would be nearly impossible, or at the least would put more pressure on me.
    I can't wait for DD1 to start preschool for 4 days a week next week.

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    I do love it I whinge about not getting enough time to myself, always having mess to clean up and always having somewhere to be but I honestly do love it & wouldn't want to be doing anything else. Having said that I only have one child and at 3.5 it's so much easier than it used to be. I definitely couldn't have more. I don't think I'd enjoy motherhood very much if I had more, I just know my limits and I think one is a good balance. I was blessed with a well mannered, even tempered child I can pretty much take anywhere, although I was on my own from day one with her so I had no choice. She very quickly got used to shops, cafes, friends houses etc. she's never been a 'runner'.

    Big props to those mums of multiples, all with different personalities & needs. I take my hat off to you!

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    Yes, I enjoy it a lot. Not enough for it to be the only thing I do and I am much more satisfied on the whole when I am working in paid employment as well (ditto when I was studying).

    My youngest is 2.5 now and despite the tantrums I love this age as you start to see their personality in such depth. Plus they are easier to occupy, I remember with my first as well that it was around this age I started having opportunity for my hobbies again without constant attention being demanded.


 
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