Parenting is Overwhelming. This is Why I Keep Going.

I mustn't stop. I must keep going. I HAVE to keep going. Even if I want to give up, I can't. Like Dory said, "Just keep swimming." 

It's past 11pm and I'm still putting my toddler to bed. 

Parenting is tough. Now that I have a two year old toddler and a three week old newborn, it 'a been a beautiful challenge. Having one kid was wonderful and tiring; having two is both exponentially amazing and tiring. My spouse and family are adjusting to our new lives and developing a routine that works for us. 

Nap time. Bed time. Potty training.  Temper tantrums. Couple time with the spouse. Endless diaper changes. Waking up every couple hours. Feeding the family. Dishes. Laundry. Clean up whenever I can. Errands. Doctor appointments. Make/find time for myself if possible. 

As I sit here waiting for my toddler to fall asleep (it's almost midnight), I can't help but think how lucky the newborn is to be sleeping right now. Even when I feel tired and overwhelmed, I absolutely love being a dad. I could write forever about the inherent happiness fatherhood gives me. 

That's what keeps me going, especially when I'm physically and mentally tired. No matter how drained I feel, I need-to/have-to/must keep going.


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