I've read that parenting can feel a lot like riding on a roller coaster. I certainly see why. However, when you're on a roller coaster, you have absolutely no control over your situation. I happen to think it's a bit more like riding on a seesaw. You go up and down, up and down. For a while, it's fun. You get the hang of it. You learn to control parts of your ascent and descent -- relying on the other kid (in our case, baby A.) to participate. To help out and keep the ride going.
On the ups, it's all smiles and giggles.
The downs are made bearable because you've learned together how to go up again.
Sometimes when you're up . . . that other kid jumps off without warning. You crash to the ground. You're rattled. Your butt hurts. You cry because whatever just happened happened so fast. But you walk it off. The next day at recess, you forget all of that. You ride the seesaw again with that same kid.
That's where we are today.
Thanks for all of your helpful comments on the post where I had a near-meltdown. I'll respond to you soon and have taken your suggestions to heart. Yesterday was equally rough. We're having an OK morning, but soon leaving grandpa to deal with it while we go run at 15K.
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