09. Toddlers are more independent than you think. Attempts at changing ones own diaper inevitably results in a huge mess. And peeing in the floor is normal... or so I think.
08. Devilish grins are funny.
07. Children have a way of reminding you what you should be doing. Anna knows we pray before we eat. Before we all can even get seated, she's now started holding her hands out so we can pray. It's a gentle reminder of how important being a parent is.
06. It hurts to see your children hurting.
05. Middle of the night screaming can lead to some of the sweetest moments. While I'm certainly glad neither of the kids wake up in the middle of the night that often, when they do, it's sweet to just hold and rock them and know that I'm all they want.
04. Disciplining requires determination and patience. This is probably the hardest part of parenting, but probably also the most critical. There are days I let things they do slide, days I mess up, and days I really wish I didn't have to discipline my kids at all (both for their sakes and mine). But despite how hard it is, it's those teachable moments that will get them far in life.
03. You wish their young months away, then wish you had them back. I wanted Anna to start walking and talking. Now she doesn't want to be held and has a mind of her own. Needless to say, I'm hoping Eli stays immobile for a long time.
02. Even on bad days, they're still good days. Despite often stepping on toys, having poo in floor, diapers leaking, the house being an utter disaster, and having a mile long list of things that need done that I know will never get accomplished, seeing Anna and Eli smile each day makes everything okay.