Do you know those moments when you start thinking about how fast life goes? We watch as our parents grow old, notice changes in our own bodies, and witness the miracle of our children growth from baby to adult. I look at my little cream puff of a little boy, with soft shoulders, smooth skin and his lovely baby face and think “Is my baby going to actually shave one day?!?!” I cannot even imagine it. I wish he could stay a 3 year old forever. But I do remember the words of my father when my sister and I wanted a puppy….”You know puppies don’t stay puppies forever, they grow up into big dogs”. So I must embrace the idea that one day, my puppy will grow up into a big dog.
So, for me these days, I have become really conscious about savoring the moments with my kids. Because I know these times are precious, almost holy, for them and for me. I decided to rethink the stuff that annoys me about being a mom or about my kids and came up with a list of 10 “currently” annoying things and what I will miss about them when they are gone…
1. To have a non-interrupted conversation between my husband and I is an impossible feat (unless we are alone…). One day I will miss my children needing my full attention and to listening to what they have to say a zillion times during the day.
2. My children yell “MAMMA” about 6 thousand times a day. One day I will miss being needed – even for little stuff.
3. My kids are expert whiners and complainers when they don’t get their way. One day I will wonder if I shouldn’t have given in a little more often.
4. To say that our bed is crowded at night would be an understatement. So crowded in fact, that some times Pappa is pushed completely out. One day I will miss those little bodies so warmly and tightly tucked into mine.
5. The pick ups and drop offs that never seem to end. One day my kids will drive themselves and won’t need the mamma taxi anymore. Will I ever get in the car again I ask?!
6. Our smallest one sometimes refuses to walk up the stairs on his own, plays the baby card. One day I won’t be able to physically carry him and feel the weight of his precious little body.
7. My daughter sometimes struggles to fall asleep by herself. One day I will look back to those precious moments just as she and I drift off to sleep in each others arms and wish we had done that more often.
8. Sometimes my little one is shy around people and won’t respond to friendly conversation. One day he’ll be talking to people everyday and I won’t be around to watch.
9. On the weekends my kids don’t sleep in, there are up at the crack of dawn. One day my mornings will be silent.
10. Sometimes dinner is all about negotiation – getting the kids to eat their dinner. One day my husband and I will enjoy quiet, candlelit dinners alone!
Ok! I had to end with one that stopped my dribbling tears and made me giggle! Nr. 10 I am sure looking forward to!!
“I honor the moments in my divine role as mother and cherish the love and the connections that come forth within.”
What will YOU miss when your kids are big? Add them in the comment space below!