We had four children in four years, and so life has been busy for us, but I love being a mom. The transition from 1-2 was harder than 2-3, and 3-4 was even easier, I don't know if life just can't get much crazier than having two kids or what. I also homeschool my children. I would say that the hardest thing for me is finding the balance. I like to have a very neat house, as does my husband, and I constantly strugle to balance kid time with housework. I think it helps to have a schedule in place. That way, if I get off track (which happens alot) I know exactly where I need to hop right back on the track to keep things from being completely chaotic. I am a happier and more patient mom when things are organized, and I think my kids are happier when they know what to expect, and things aren't constantly changing. Some times I find myself feeling guilty that my house is messy, but then I look at the fun the kids and I had making nature walk collages that day, and realize that memories and relationships are what is precious in life, not my clean house. I would much rather feel guilty about the house being messy, and not feel guilty that I skipped story time so that I could scour the bathroom. I made a " MY Happy Day Chart" for my 2 oldest kids that is round like a clock with a sunrise,full sun,sunset, and moon at the 12,3,6,and 9 o'clock positions. In between the suns and moon are pictures of my kids doing things like making their bed, washing their hands, cleaning their room etc. I laminated the chart, and printed an extra page of the job pictures and laminated that too. I put magnets behind all the pictures and cut them out. As they do a chore, they put the magnetic picture on top of the chart picture that matches. Chores have become a game, and they actually race through the chores to see who gets their magnets on first. If I am nursing the baby, and they don't know what to do, I can send them to the fridge to see what comes next for the day. This is also a great babysitter's tool. When I had a new baby, family and friends could keep the kids on track without having to disturb me or the newborn. My husband started a tradition for our family that has been great. We have "Family Fun Night" every Fri. night. This way, no matter what kind of craziness goes on during the week, we always get to spend at least one evening making memories together no matter what. We do things like take nature walks, read stories and than act them out,build forts and play house,bake something yummy together, etc. I always say I am the best kind of busy! Feel free to e-mail me if you want to chat more!