The phases my kids go though while they are growing up is why I never wish time slows down.
I enjoy every one of the phases my kids go through. It reminds me of the crazy shit I did as a kid, and I have loved every second of it. Rarely have I yearned for time to pause these moments. Don’t get me wrong, there have been a few moments that I wished I could hit the pause button for just a second longer. Like each time I knew I nursed one of my babies for the last time. I cried. No, I bawled. I knew then that it was the last time for that moment, for us, forever. But I soaked it in, I held them close, and I rocked in that chair until I couldn’t keep my eyes open any longer in an effort to savor every drop of that precious time.
But kids grow…and with this we celebrate so many things. It’s beautiful. From feeding themselves or the first time they use the potty, to watching get on the bus; their successes are full of overwhelming pride. How could I not be happy for them? This is why I rarely reap sadness, I only try to hold my proud tears back. For them. For me. It’s an amazing gift to raise kids. Personally, I do miss labor and delivery, and the firsts that go along with that. But you know what? Everything that comes after that is as just as amazing. Don’t dwell on the fact that they they are growing beyond needing you for everything, but rather celebrate. Celebrate that you have done so much for them that they are becoming capable beings. This gift we have been given is not to be taken lightly. We as mothers get to raise our kids, and how fucking amazing is that!?