I'm feeling a little sad at the thought of no more babies. We're definitely done, I don't want another child, but a crop of recent newborns has made me aware of how much I love teeny ones. Please remind me, or enlighten me, about the good stuff I can look forward to now my youngest is fourteen months. Have, of course, done serious blessing counting and given myself a good talking to!
another year maybe and no more changing bag, no naps to schedule in, no travel cots, in another 2-3 no (or fewer) ridiculous "cutted up pear" type tantrums...er, that's it for now, by my two are only 3 and 16m. We would have a third if we felt we could decently provide for them but we can't.
My DDs are 9 and 11 - they have recently started getting their own breakfast and packed lunches for school, take themselves off to school independently and back again so no more childcare costs. They do homework independently, Biff, Chip and Kipper are a distant memory and they are now reading all the books I loved at their age - lovely to talk about them. DD2 is reading the Dark is Rising sequence, DD1 is reading LOTR and loves it .
Shopping with them is fun. They have genuinely good input in the clothes I choose, and are sensible about the clothes they wear and why I say no to some things.
All the effort DH and I put in when they were very little - boundaries, limiting materialism, instilling critical thinking and good manners - is all paying off now in a big, big way.
OK, so DD1 is starting the teenage stuff, but really - it's lovely.