I always knew I wanted kids young. When I say young, I mean relative to todays generation. More people from my generation are putting having kids off until their 30's or 40's. Usually it's so they can have all their ducks lined up in a row; travel, career, house, stable life. My plan since I was about 18 was to have 4 kids before 30. Well as fate would have it, I did manage to have 3 kids before turning 30! Yet, I have none of my other “ducks” in a row. We don't own a house yet, I haven't travelled (extensively) yet, and the career is currently on the back burner. But I'd always figured you can still do all that stuff, it just means it'll be a little harder that's all.
One of the reasons I wanted kids young was so that when they were old enough to play sport, I would still be competitive with them! It's kind of a silly reason, but it made sense to me. I also wanted to be able to travel with them and still be able to have fun doing cool things. Well, we've still got a little way to go before we're in that position to do those cool things, but in the meantime, I'm trying my hardest to build memories as they're happening now.
My oldest is 3 and the twins are 18 months today. I can't believe how quickly these 18 months have passed since I've been at home. Being at home (or being a parent in general) has definitely changed me. Some of the ways I’ve changed are:
- I’m feel more protective than I’ve ever felt before. 3 girls does that!
- I never used to cry at anything. Now I get teary eyed just watching YouTube videos.
- I’m way more organised that I ever used to be. (My wife might dispute this!)
- I never used to care about photos of your kid. Now, I care…at least more than I used to!
- I’m way more weary of the things I say and do. They’re always watching and listening!
- I now drive an 8 seater, and I actually love it!
The girls are at an age now where they're exploring and learning. And they're saying and doing some super funny and cool things. Each day that passes is a day I don't get back. So my goal is to do things with them and be in the moment when doing it. It's not always easy! But I love looking back on the journey from when I first became a Stay At Home Dad until today. So here is one photo from each of the last 18 months of being at home. I'll continue to make the most of my time that I have with them each day. Here's to making memories!