The Roller Coaster of Having Kids

I feel like I’m on a roller coaster that never stops. It goes extremely fast and right now, the brakes are missing. I’m 39 years old and I have two young boys. I’ve never been so tired. This is even harder than when my kids were babies, in my humble opinion. My youngest, Aiden, is 3 and he’s a never-ending ball of mischievous energy. He makes me smile and laugh every day, but he is a load of work. He’s what you would call a “Daddy’s boy” and is so obsessed with me, he won’t let my wife do anything for him. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all about the attention, but sometimes I just need a break.

Last night, I was determined to put my foot down. My older son, Elijah, is about to be 6 years old tomorrow and he’s at the point now where he’s no longer taking a bath with his younger brother. He showers on his own in a seperate bathroom. I told Aiden that I wasn’t going to do his bath for him (for once) and that I would be with Elijah instead. Aiden immediatley began to cry. When I say cry, it was more like a flood of tears that didn’t stop for 30 minutes. I must have told him 20 times that I wasn’t going to give him his bath and that my wife would do the honors.

He was not having it. He pulled on my leg, held on to my arm, and cried relentlessly for me to do his bath. Even while I was in the other bathroom with my older son, he just wouldn’t leave my side. I finally had my wife take him over to the bath and when I walked over there 10 minutes later, Aiden was lying on the ground in the hall way (next to the bathroom) crying and refusing to move.

In the end, I won just a little. Aiden finally got in the bathroom and my wife bathed him and then I ended up washing his hair. Part of me really enjoys this age and the other part of me can’t wait until they get older. I miss the endless date nights with my wife before kids, but times have changed and I need to realize things just aren’t the same. If you’ve ever had kids, you surely can relate to this time in life where everything seems to be upside down.

Luckily, I can vent on this wonderful site to see if other people can relate. Keep writing and continue sharing your experiences!

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