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Baby’s not a baby anymore….

March 14, 2011

My sweet baby boy is 4 now.  and he’s potty trained.  and he does most things for himself….whoa to anyone who even attempts to help him unless they’re asked.

lately, he’s been waking up scared and crying about halfway through his nap.  after some cuddles from mommy and a short prayer, he’s back to sleep.

today when he woke up crying, i decided to sit on the edge of his bed and just stroke his sweet face and run my fingers through his baby fine hair.  as i sat there, i was aware of something:  he may be my baby, but he’s not a baby anymore.

his little face is changing.  he’s looking more and more like a little boy rather than a baby boy.  he still has yummy baby cheeks, and still wants his mama to love on him, but he’s growing up.  *sniff*

as i looked at this little guy laying there in his bed, i realized that the days aren’t going to slow down.  these kids are going to keep growing and there’s nothing i can do to stop them.

it’s so easy somedays (most days, to be honest) to get so caught up in the to-do list that i fail to stop and enjoy these precious babies God has given me.  another day goes by and i catch myself saying, “i’ll read to him tomorrow” or, “i’ll paint her little nails another day”, and yet, when tomorrow comes, i fail to do those things.  instead, i do the to-do list. 

sure, i feed them, bathe them, and care for their daily needs, but what about enjoying them?  where does that fit in to my daily routine?  why is it so easy to push that to the bottom of the list, with the things that don’t have to get done right away?

i don’t know why it’s so easy to fall into this pattern, but i do know that i don’t like it.  i don’t want my kids to remember mommy being to busy to sit with them, play with them, and simply enjoy them.

the chores will always be here.  the to-do list will never go away.  but these babies will, someday, and i will never get them back.

this mommy has some adjustments to make to her daily schedule…and the first thing on the list will be

1.  LOVE YOUR BABIES.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. graceandgiggles permalink
    March 14, 2011 8:31 am

    Hi Patty! I found your blog through A Deeper Story and I’ve been subscribed for awhile now, this is my first comment.

    I’m bringing you a little wisdom from the empty nest *smile*

    YES. YES. And YES!

    Your list of “to-do’s can wait! And some days they can be full on ignored! The babies aren’t babies forever and they grow up to be pre-teens and teenagers that would rather have a root canal than spend time with their parents! HA!

    For me, it was about my insecurities and what other people thought of me or my house (something I still struggle with today, just not as deeply). If someone were to come over and my house was messy, what would they say? Well, if given the opportunity to have my daughters (22 and 24) back home at the age of 3 and 5, I would play and laugh and color and play and bake and make a mess in the kitchen and lay down with them while they rested. And record them. And their sweet little voices.

    Like you said, the chores will always be there, your kids won’t. Even when they’re still at home, they aren’t always ready and willing to “play” with mom. You just posted the other day about your schedule, I don’t remember all of it, but you’re a busy lady! Don’t forget to schedule in spontenaity (sp??) where you allow yourself the flexibility to stop and play. Even for only 30 minutes. It helps with their crankiness too *laugh*

    Rebekah Grace

    • March 14, 2011 1:32 pm

      Rebekah Grace,

      Thank you so much for your comment. You are so right on! thank you for your encouragement and for sharing from your heart! God bless you!
      ~patty

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