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It Goes By So Fast!
“You will never have this day with your children again. Tomorrow they’ll be a little older than they were today. This day is a gift. Just breathe, notice, study their faces and little feet. Pay attention. Relish the charms of the present. Enjoy today, it will be over before you know it.”
My son Bennett turned 6 months old yesterday. I really don’t know how it’s possible for him to be that old already. When I was pregnant I remember having older parents telling me “Enjoy it! It goes by so fast!” And now I know how true it is. Each day my boys are growing and changing. They do something new and it’s amazing to watch them grow. I want to remember it all. It’s so easy to get caught up in the day to day hussle of life and miss the little things. I want to remember how their little hands fit in mine. The way they giggle when I tickle them. How they feel snuggled up on my chest. I don’t want to forget how sweet their faces look when they sleep curled up in my lap. I want to enjoy every little part of their lives.
I know I can get caught up in the chores and mom to-do lists. And these days of social sharing it’s easy to compare yourself. Wishing you looked more like this mom or had it all together like that mom. Are my kids dressed cute enough? Am I doing enough crafts? Am I taking them to the best classes and activities? Did they eat all organic today? At times I feel like I’m not good enough. But I’m learning you don’t have to be the perfect mom. Every day with my boys is a gift. I love them deeply and give them my best. Don’t let the facebook highlights from someone else steal your joy of being a mom. God gave you these children. You are just what they need. You know how to love them and teach them. No one else can be you.
Take a moment to cherish your little ones now. Tomorrow they will be a little older so love them a little more today. My boys might not remember the perfect Pinterest parties I threw for them but they will remember how I made them feel. I love to see Kaden’s face light up when I get down on the floor to play cars with him or when we build sand castles together at the beach. He enjoys our simple backyard picnics and looking at the clouds together. I want him to remember us playing hide and seek in the closets and our snuggles together on the couch. Or how I actually watch and cheer when I hear “Watch this mom!” for the 50th time everyday. It's the little things that I hope make a difference in his life. And the little things I don’t want to forget. I don’t think they will remember our messy house or how we ate quesadillas two nights in a row. They will hopefully remember the fun of jumping in laundry piles and the laughs at the dinner table. There are some days that are really hard. When Bennett won’t let me put him down without crying. When Kaden is a wild 2 year old that wears down my patience by 8am. And when nothing seems to be getting done. But I know these days when they are little will go by so fast. So I will remind myself that I’m doing my best. I’ll hold them a little tighter and soak up their sweet smiles. And I hope you will remember that you are doing an amazing job, too. You are just what they need today.
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