I wish they'd warn you about the LONG days.
They warn you about the poopy diapers and the sleepless nights, but no one ever warns you about the long days.
Not the days where you hear the baby cry at 3 am and never go back to sleep and not the nights when your 4 year old feels like it is party time when it is already way past bed time,
But the LONG days.
The days where you feel like the minutes and seconds are crawling by.
When you feel like another word from a Doc McStuffins episode will make you scream.
When the fourth cup of water is asked for and only one sip is taken before getting dumped on the floor.
When the dog decides to roll around in poop and jump onto the couch.
When the only relief you think you have, is now "coming home late".
When your kindergartner comes home and announces he has to make a race car out of a box, due tomorrow.
When the only thing you can do is go to the bathroom and shut the door as fast as possible, only to hear "Mommy... Mommy... Mom... Mom... Mommy!"
When all you need is to take a shower, but the baby is cutting teeth and is screaming every time you put them down.
When all you want is another adult to talk to, but your anxiety keeps you from even texting a friend.
These are the LONG days.
When you are touched out.
When you walk outside to cry for just a second (because gosh damn it you need a second alone) and a child has already found you.
When you want to get in the car and drive away.
When you'd pay someone just to do the laundry (if the dryer wasn't broken).
When the morning sickness means a puke bowl on the couch because the parental duties don't end just because you can't even keep food down.
They say enjoy it, you'll miss it when its gone.
And you, just like me, probably have no doubt you will miss a lot of things when all the kids are grown and gone...
But these long days can be overshadowing.
They can make it so hard to see the greatness through the fog.
You are not alone though:
Even on the LONGEST of days, we are in this together!
We are parents
and the LONG days make the short days that much sweeter.
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Jessica Anne Dill