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April 15, 2013
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Kristen James: Phases in motherhood

Isaac recently said something about X-Man.

No, he didn’t mean "X-Men," the movie.

He meant the mysterious X-Man who would mark Xs in hidden spots around the house. I’d change a pillowcase to find an X on the pillow or one on the mattress under the sheet. Or I’d move furniture only to find an X on the wall.

The mystery wasn’t too hard to solve. My youngest son, Caleb, had a weird habit of hiding Xs everywhere. I still don’t know why. I had forgotten all about it until Isaac’s comment the other day.

After remembering that, I started thinking of all the little things the kids have grown out of doing. Ashley had a toy parade game, and she loved to get the boys involved. They would line up every toy they had and slowly move them, toy by toy, inch by inch around the room. Sometimes, the parade would go out into the hall, the living room and back to the bedroom again. It took them hours.

We’ve traded in nursery rhyme books for novels, Candy Land for Monopoly, and sippy cups for sports drinks. I remember watching "Blue’s Clues" and "Dragon Tales" with the kids. That was before "Sponge Bob" even.

The kids are still kids, but looking back I can see they’re not little anymore. Sometimes, I miss the "little" years and pull out the photo albums. That’s something the kids and I love to do together.

Of course, there are many days when I breathe a sigh of relief, too. When the kids were all under 5, some people told me it’d get easier. Other people said, no, it won’t - it gets harder and harder.

So I wasn’t sure which to expect.

However, life has gotten easier as the kids got bigger. Sure, we’ve left behind some activities, but there are many, many more to explore that we couldn’t before, such as hiking, berry picking, canning, discussing books and fishing to name a few. I can see why many parents call third through sixth grade the fun years: kids are mobile enough to do lots with you, but not "too cool" to do them!

I’m sure all phases of parenting have their high points; I just want to enjoy each moment along the way.

Kristen James is married with six children. Read her Mondays on Douglas County Moms. Also check out her personal site here.

We’ve traded in nursery rhyme books for novels, Candy Land for Monopoly, and sippy cups for sports drinks.

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