Little Things to Remember

5 years ago
 

Do you know that my baby is 11 months old?  I can hardly believe it.  Soon we will be celebrating her first birthday and her big sister's third.  Time really flies when you're up all night, wiping noses and changing bums, reading books over and over and of course dancing a little.  This motherhood journey can be a real blur and I'm starting to realize what people mean when they tell you to enjoy your children because they are only little for a short time.

There are so many moments that I would like to freeze in time so that I won't ever forget them.  I'm not talking about the big milestones:  The first tooth, first steps, first words.  Those are all important and will make their way into the baby book so as not to be forgotten.  I even have a sweet journal that was given to me as a baby gift to write words and phrases said by little ones that must be treasured. 

The little things that I really want to remember are the more subtle moments of motherhood.  The moments that are quickly forgotten if were not careful to take notice.  Little things like:

The way a baby smells fresh out of the bath and cozy in her jammies.
How a toddler always kisses her mom on the lips.
How it feels to kiss a soft baby cheek.
The joy of seeing the first snowfall through the eyes of a child.
A curly, messy head of hair after a long nap.
Being called 'Mama'.
 

For me the little things are the greatest treasures of motherhood.  The milestones are important, but real life is lived in all of the little moments that it takes to get our children to them. The little things are worth the up all nighters and the early morning risers. They are worth the hard days when you're counting the hours until bedtime at noon.  They are worth the days when you are behind on everything, short on patience and in desperate need of a break.

This is what those well-meaning people are talking about when they tell you that your children will only be little for a short time. 

They want you to remember that the little things are really not so little after all.

 

 

 
 
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