Parenting: They Won't Be Babies Forever!
Submitted by FireGirl
A few days ago, on my son's first birthday, I wasn't myself. Everyone asked me at some point what was the matter and I just kept saying "Oh, I'm fine ... I just have a migraine!" which was not a lie ... it just wasn't the whole truth.
The matter was, my baby boy is growing up! A couple months ago, he started taking his first steps and I started crying. I couldn't believe it—it was the cutest thing I had ever seen. And now, he's walking on his own ... going to the door to look outside and walking to get his own toys and snacks. I'm not ready for this! He's just a baby!
He's my little baby boy that, just a year ago, was laying in my arms completely helpless and drinking his bottle! He's becoming so independent and it's just such a horrible mix of emotions!
It's amazing watching him learn something new everyday and grow and explore but at the same time I fear I will loose my little man!! What if he gets to the point where he doesn't need his Mommy anymore? I can't deal with that ... he is my life and I can't imagine the day when I can't put him to bed anymore or carry him around on my hip.
I hear parents all the time saying how they need a break or are happy to be without their kid(s) for a little while. I understand how nice it is to get a break every now and then because you have to have 'me' time once in a while but here is a little advice for the ones who have or are about to have new babies:
Cherish every moment ... time flies!
You will miss all those sleepless nights.
Keep tissues on hand ... you will cry a lot—from sadness as well as joy.
Don't sweat the messes—if it makes the baby happy, it's worth it!
Learn to be silly—a baby's laugh is the most beautiful sound in the world!
Enjoy your "me" time—but don't ever wish it wouldn't end.
Live like there is no tomorrow and teach your child the same.
Tell and show your baby you love him all the time!
They won't be babies forever.