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Saturday, August 16, 2008

The Baby Phase Passes Quickly

In the past two weeks, I've posted about my concerns about the boys religious school training, homeschooling, scrapbooking, Scott's 10th birthday, our exam, eating healthy.

Once upon a time, it seemed like all I wondered was if I was ever going to sleep through the night, will they ever fall asleep on there own, was I abnormal for breastfeeding for so long, and how to juggle two under two, two in diapers, two in a stroller, and two that can't swim.

That special time does end. Its a time to be cherished and not dreaded. They grow up quick. My older boys look like men. They are independent and get things for themselves. But for those that don't know there was once a time they wouldn't leave my side for a second. They wouldn't leave my breast. I had two at my breasts at the same time. There was once a time all I ever heard was, "We wouldn't recognize you witout a baby in that sling."

My arms feel empty now. I would love another in my arms. I suppose I will always have a yearning for a small on in my arms. Before you know it the worries about breastfeeding and sleeping through the night become worries about their education, nutrition, adolescence.

Enjoy the baby and toddler phase, it passes quickly and other concerns take their place.

4 comments:

Deanna said...

I have been having this same feeling the past several days. My little one is 18 months old, and it's a fun stage, but there are SO many challenges with a toddler. I miss her being so tiny and I so want another baby that I'm not sure I can have. And I look forward to things we can do when she's older. It's hard to just slow down and enjoy this stage, which I will not pass with her again.

Tam said...

Great advise! I am learning to enjoy all those different stages! Man they do grow fast better not blink! ;)

Cantor Debbi Ballard said...

Time goes faster than you know! It truly is the best advice - to be present in each moment of their day, just watching and enjoying even their nastiest moments, because they are definitely phases that will not come again.

Denise- yes, your concerns about nutrition, and toddlerhood certainly transitions to education and adolescence, and then - just wait - the later teen years turn into college, professions, academic pressure - DATING, virginity (or not), drugs and alcohol (heaven forbid) and all those other things most parents want to stick their heads in the sand about, rather than deal with. It's VERY tough to deal with those issues head on - so I'm REALLY longing for the days that I was worried about sleeping through the night. At least I knew where they were sleeping! :)

But my mom says - that even those stages turn into ones where as a parent, we are worrying about our kids being able to sustain themselves financially, stable marriages, and then - grandchildren. And it is more clear to me than ever, that if we wish away to the next stage, all we get ourselves to is the end of the road. I'll take the problems, because they mean I still have places to go as a parent.

Jenny said...

I feel like this was posted for me. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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