I am leaving for the next four days on a nice vacation. We will not have any distractions, just us and the kids. It might rain and snow when we are there and we will be in a trailer, but that's ok, cause it will be undivided attention on our family. It will be wonderful. I might even get a little knitting in that I can share when I get back.
Anyway, on to the title of this post. Tonight I was visiting with C's old preschool teacher who's daughter is 18 and she mentioned something to me that really got me thinking. She said, "We always pay so much attention to firsts, but never lasts." She mentioned how she would love it if her daughter would cuddle in bed with her just one more night. She says lots of stuff like this, that's just one of the special things about her. So, anyway I give you this:
What would you do if you knew today was the last time your child _________
Rocked with you
Slept in your bed
Sat in your lap for a book
Wanted just one more chapter or just one more book
Wanted to be held like a baby
Wanted to be held at all
Sat in a highchair
WANTED "just 1 more hug" before you go... Just one more kiss...
Wanted you to lay with him/her while she falls asleep
Said, "I love you to the moon and back" or "All the way around the world" or "more then you do."
Threw a fit
Couldn't say their s's, w's, r's, etc. (it's that baby talk I'm getting at.)
Would you record it? Would you sit and take it in a little longer? Would you not want to make it stop so soon? Would you want to let them be a baby as long as they needed to?
This is just a reminder to cherish the moments. Live in your stage and know that it will change. The challenges of raising babies, toddlers and kids is over before we know it. Being up all night with crying babies will be gone way too soon.
They were such chubby babies!