31 Days {Day 14} – The Stroller Days

31 Days {Day 14} – The Stroller Days

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Welcome back to the 31 Days of Mary, Martha, & Sparta! If you missed it, here is the link to the last post!

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Well, I did it.

I skipped a day.

Thankfully, it was a conscious choice, and I am proud of the decision. How many times do I let myself say that? {Hint: it starts with an “n”, and ends with “ever”} I was just enjoying my boys yesterday, and I decided that I wasn’t really willing to take time away to post. You probably needed a break, too, so…you’re welcome, really.

Yesterday my mother-in-law and I took the boys to the Children’s Museum of Phoenix, and my kids were in Heaven!

My picture on Instagram was of both boys painting. I talked about how great it was to see Noah just being a kid – a normal six-year-old. He never just takes time to be six. He’s always trying to be an adult, and so many times he gets pretty darn close.

As a matter of fact, since most schools are back in session, he really was one of the older kids there.

It was Stroller City up in there. Holy. Moly.

I was having flashbacks. Gosh, I remember those days. The stroller days. When I had so much stuff and whiny walkers (or non-walkers) to carry that a stroller was a necessary element of my life. I loved my stroller. It was a workhorse, let me tell you.

I know I’m not that far out of the stroller days. But I gotta say…being surrounded by it all day yesterday, I am so thrilled that we are.

Yeah, yeah, I know. Everyone told me that I’d miss those days when I was in them. Some sweet, well-meaning person would gently tell me to enjoy every minute of those days because they’d be gone soon. Then I would resist the urge to karate chop them, because they’d obviously had amnesia and forgot how HARD those days were.

The thing is, though, I did enjoy those days a lot of the time. It was hard, but there were more snuggles and nap times and less friend problems and back-talking. It was an exciting time of great learning and growth.

But now that I’m in these days, the days of cups with no lids, carrying a purse instead of a diaper bag, funny conversations, children who buckle themselves up in the car and bathe on their own…I just could not be more thrilled that we are done with the stroller days. They were great while they lasted, but I don’t want them back.

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Today, for those of you in the stroller days, I will tell you this – it will be over soon. Yes, you should cherish what you can. It really is a precious time from this side. But I know how hard it can be to just survive a day where you are. Sometimes it’s mind-numbing and exhausting and brings you to tears. I know.

And for those of you on the other side and beyond, let’s try to remember what it’s like, you know? Open doors for the stroller moms. Put their carts back at the grocery store. When you’re about to remind someone to enjoy it, remember to add, “when you can” at the end. Encourage them that it ends and that what comes next is SO. AWESOME.

I’m loving my bigger kids, and I know that the older they get, the more fun they will be. Yes, yes, I know…teenagers are scary…but I hear from the moms in that phase that for the most part, they’re also pretty fun if you can look past their awkward attempts to prove their adultness. You also remember what that’s like, so…

Can we all just have so much grace and compassion for the ones behind us?

Motherhood is so hard. But the best part is that we’ve been there before, so we know how hard it is.

When the stroller mom at the grocery store is just barely holding it together in the cereal aisle (Seriously, can’t this aisle be behind locked doors so 3-year-olds can’t see in or all boxes be in code with pictures of kale on the outside?), remember what it was like to be the stroller mom in the grocery store – have mercy and be kind.

My mom always told me in the stroller days, “This too shall pass.” And you know what? It did.

Praise Jesus – we made it. 

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To view the next post in the 31 Days of Mary, Martha, & Sparta, check it out here!

 cover photo by: Kevin Poh

3 Comments

Machelle

about 2 years ago

I'm in between right now. I like that they both walk mostly everywhere but I'm thrilled that my sit and stand is finally out of storage so I can take it to the zoo tomorrow. I don't even care if the kids ride in it. I just want it for our stuff :)

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Hayley Schraufnagel

about 2 years ago

Lol!!! I've been there!!

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nonni

about 2 years ago

Whether it gets easier or harder, this too shall pass... but the blessings remain and continue even now. xox

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