So I was just over at Mommy Shorts reading her guest blog written by Julie C. Gardner from By Any Other Name. Julie wrote a wonderful piece comparing having a baby today to having a baby waaay back in the 90's when Julie became a mom. Well, naturally this made me think of how much has changed since I had my two cuties back in the 80's.
Here's what I wrote:
Ah, I was having babies back in the days before baby monitors, and I never had an ultrasound. Those were the olden days, all the way back in the 80's! This was back in the day when disposable diapers were for special occasions, and the big debate was whether it was worse to dump diapers in the landfill or use all that hot water washing cloth diapers. I understand we've come back to that question again. I thought I had settled it when I had my second child and decided the earth could handle Pampers better than I could handle another round of diapers on the clothesline.
I'm now in the period of discovering that being a grandma is just like being a mom but better. A grandma is just as full of love but so much less inclined to question every parenting decision. Grandmas don't lie awake and worry about being good grandmas. Because being a grandma just IS good.
Everyone should be a grandparent because it is the best thing in the world! Let that thought carry you through the times when you're tempted to leave your kids by the side of the freeway. If you ever want grandkids, you have to keep the kids you've got.