One thing I noticed as we had more children, we slowed down a bit, probably due to lethargy as much as anything.
That said, it was overall a good thing. With the first child or two, it was pretty easy to keep up with them most of the time but after having four or more young ones, sometimes we were so tired we just didn’t respond to every cry and problem. If nothing else, it showed us there is just so much mom and dad that can go around. If we lose our peace, then all is lost.
I figure parents need to keep breathing spiritual life into the family where needed. Like an oxygen mask in an airplane emergency, we have to put on our own masks and be able to “breathe” before we can help the kids with their masks. The times when we have peace and quiet get pretty far between so we have to learn to make use of them. Parenting isn’t really an easy job one can take a day off.