He’s a Wild Thing, but He Makes My Heart Sing

Have you ever heard people talk about the kids that never stop? The ones, when they are awake, you can’t blink? The “curious” ones? The “wild” ones? I gave birth to one, and my life has never been the same.

My wild child is wild! He’s constantly moving, he truly does not stop unless he’s sleeping. He is curious, stubborn, hard-headed, and will not listen to “no” if he’s got his mind set on doing something. He absolutely cannot handle being bored. And when he gets bored, he’s not happy until someone is yelling, crying or things are in complete chaos.  He is the cause of 95% of my anxiety as a mother. He makes me up my “mom game” on a minute to minute basis. I cannot blink when he is awake and he drives me absolutely batty for the majority of most of my days. I pray constantly for strength, patience, and assurance that I’m parenting him correctly.

Television and iPads do not distract him, he needs different stimulation. He needs to see how things work. He needs to be outside. He is proficient in laundry and dishwashing at three years old. He loves to vacuum and work outside with his dad. If there is something being fixed or built or concrete being poured, he will be in the middle of it! He loves watching a truck back up to a trailer and his eyes light up when there is something to be loaded on said trailer. He is 100% boy, but with a name like Camp, he didn’t have much choice!

He often makes me question if I am cut out to be his momma. And then God shows me his heart, and I’m humbled and amazed. My wild child is the kindest, sweetest boy with the biggest heart I’ve ever seen. He steals your heart the minute you meet him because his smile makes all the ladies melt. He absolutely adores his twin sister and his momma. He loves with his whole heart. In fact, he lives life with his whole heart. If he isn’t going to do it all the way, he’s just not going to do it at all. He always thinks of others, if he gets a sucker for going to the doctor, he is sure to ask for a sucker for each of his siblings. He makes sure that everyone is included, all the time. He is sure to tell me multiple times a day how much he loves me. I struggle on the regular trying to figure out how to parent him because he is a being all of his own, but when I see the heart this child has-I know I must be doing something right. I pray that he keeps his heart and always puts his all into things. I pray that I can encourage him as a parent and not hinder his spirit just because he doesn’t fit the mold.

I thank God every day for blessing me with my wild child, even on the days where I don’t think either of us will make it to the end of the day. I’m so thankful and blessed to be his momma. I know in my heart that he will do big things and I will be by his side to witness it all.

Tessa Stuard
Born and raised in Baton Rouge, currently living in Central, LA with my family. I am married to my husband of 7 years, Alva. We have four children, Jakoby (6), twins-Kirby and Camp (4), and Ella Ray (1). I am a Pediatric RN, BSN turned stay at home mom. I am an extreme extrovert that loves spending time with my hubby, kiddos, camping, mani/pedis, crafts, sushi, watching baseball and pretty much anything that gives me a good excuse to have a margarita!


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