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Well for me, the lessons were about how I've evolved as a person and mother since my first was born (gosh, he'll be 17 tomorrow!).
I'm more laid back now cause I know which details not to sweat, but I'm also more involved and attentive now because I know that IS important. I'm a better breastfeeder (only made it 6wks with Alex) and I don't vacilate on when or whether to let the baby fuss or rush in. I'm more confident overall, and I care less about what all the judgy people (on all sides, AP, TP, EBF, FF, cloth diapers, car seats, blah blah etc, etc. ) think. I know how I feel and why and that is good enough for me.
I always thought I would never want to have a baby this old cause I wanted to still be young when my kids finished growing up. Now I've realized this was the best thing I could do to keep myself young. I'll have that many more years of getting to go to high school football games and running the kids to swim lessons. I love, love that stage of my kids lives and now I'll get to do that kind of thing into my late 50s instead of having to give it up in a few more years. By the time Clara is out of the house I'll be well into Grandma territory with Alex, and maybe even Katie, so I'll always have kids around to love on and be involved with.
Agree, I'm a much better mother this time around with Amelia. I was very selfish when I had Kat and Brandon (and they were this age). I call them my 3 only children, they are so far apart in age that it is like they are my only one, because they never do the same thing at the same time, unlike if I had them closer together. This is Brandon's last year in elementary school and I've LOVED this experience with him, so I am excited that I'll get to do it again!
“First things first, but not necessarily in that order.” The Doctor