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Growing up, I always knew I wanted to be a mother. I had dreams of sweet smelling babies cuddled up close to me, but once my babies were born I realized that it wasn’t always like I envisioned. In fact, it was hardly ever like I imagined come to think of it. Between spit up and dirty diapers, the only times they smelled sweet was right after bath time.
Now that my children are older, the youngest being two, they love to spend time outdoors. We live on two acres out in the country and there is so much to do outside. We have an amazing play set outside with swings, slide, monkey bars, fort, etc. and the children really enjoy it. We also have a trampoline that gets tons of use.
I love letting the children play outside because not only do they get their daily dose of Vitamin D, they get to burn off all that extra energy. But what I’ve failed to mention thus far is I’m totally OCD about them not getting dirty while they are outside playing. I know I’m weird but the thought of dirtiness all of my children just makes my skin crawl. I don’t mind the occasional fall with a little dirt on the knees or something like that, but really I prefer that they either play on the trampoline, up in the play set or ride their bikes on the driveway. They know my OCD all too well because when they ask to play outside, they begin it with, “We won’t get dirty”. Some would probably say I’m a horrible mom for not allowing my children to intentionally get dirty, but like I said, it’s an OCD thing and I’m trying to be more relaxed about it.
In fact, I have pictures to prove that I’m not always such a stickler. We had a light afternoon shower and my son wanted to play in the rain – right in the mud. And, I let him. It was quite exhilarating watching him enjoy himself. I felt a bit overwhelmed but at the same time it was also an empowering moment. I tried something different and not only did I enjoy it, my little guy had a blast.