Stay in the moment? Dare me...
The days are long, but the years are short. Is that what they say? My day started at 6:30am and at 9:00pm my youngest was just asleep. LONG DAY.
After school, music, dinner, baths. I told my kids they could pick 4 books, and lay in MY bed to read, since Daddy wasn't home. My favorite place to read :) My son chose Amelia Bedelia, and inside it read “ To our sweet baby Amelia. We hope you love these Amelia Bedelia books! Enjoy your first one. Love, Mommy and Daddy 2/12/2013.
She was barely 2 months when I wrote that! I didn't remember buying the book...baby fog is for real, y'all. Now, I can't believe she's four, sassy as hell, and talking on her pretend phone/hand to her make believe mermaid friends. That was a FAST four years.
When my babies were babies I was so excited about the next... everything.
Don't get me wrong, I was so sad when I folded away the monogrammed newborn clothes. Taking down the crib? I took to the bed in depression! When my son went to Kindergarten, It was a very big deal for ME – he was fine and thrilled.
As our babies grow, and we spend 15 hours with very chatty four year olds, it is HARD to remember to stay in the moment. I have been trying to get in the bed for hours, it was all I was thinking about!
When I was getting yelled at, cleaning up breakfast, lunch, dinner and a hot chocolate disaster, I can't say I was enjoying myself. But, my son ran in the door and told me he loved me, I walk around the park very slowly. I hypothesized how the Earth was started, and if we could name our own state, and watched the most adorable ballet class. Those things were pretty awesome.
The best was just before little Amelia went to sleep she did say, “Mommy, when I'm 16 I will still let you tickle my back.” I swear I'll hold her to it.