Mark and I have been changing diapers for over 10 years. We just spent our ride home from a date processing what that 10 years encompassed. Mark calculated that if you took an average of 3 diapers a day and multiply that by 365 days a year you get roughly 1000 diapers a year. Then, if you take that and multiply it by 10 years you come to a grand total of about 10,000 diapers. Granted, that is a loose average of about 6 diapers a day for the first child (heaven forbid her precious little bottom get wet) and 1 diaper a day for the the last child (what? diaper change? didn’t I change him yesterday? are you sure he pooped–because we don’t change just wet diapers anymore unless they are sagging on the ground). Mark and I single-handedly filled our own personal landfill, taking a significant chunk out of the ozone in the process, by the amount of diapers that we threw away.
Why would we even bother to calculate this ridiculous number? Well, starting on Friday I have a week and a half off of work, and I plan on using that time to potty train our youngest child. Before this child, we would potty train to prepare for a new baby or because we were changing two sets of diapers and wanted to get back to changing just one set. Now, we are potty training to move on to the next phase of our lives. Our children are not babies anymore.
Some people are sad to see their children grow up. I am not; I am ready to repurpose the time that I’ve spent changing diapers and use it to further my education. Don’t get me wrong–I don’t regret staying home with my children–but now I am ready and willing to see what the future has in store for our lives. Is the future clear? No, not really, but it is full of potential.
Potential. The other day I was watching the mountains through the window of a light rail train and dreamed of the possibilities that lie ahead. Those possibilities brought a smile to my face. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for us as we enter this new phase of life.