Last night I missed him in the middle of the night, so I picked him up and brought him to my bed for a while. There are things I didn’t do with my other kids that I let myself do with my last baby. I have been a mom long enough to see just how fleeting time is. I also no longer live in survival mode. A little lost sleep will not feel like the end of me, so I take advantage of the opportunities to snuggle, even if it’s the middle of the night. It’s opened my mind to strive to be the mom I could easily look back on and wish I had been. Instead of getting to the end and looking back, I am looking forward — doing the things I might otherwise regret not doing. Snuggle a little longer, listen a little more carefully, play that extra game, let them have that extra treat, have that ten more minutes of swimtime, take that extra bike ride. My own childhood flew by in the blink of an eye, I don’t want to miss these moments of theirs. I don’t know who needs to hear this, but if you’re like me and you easily get caught up in just going from thing to thing, task to task — do the things, whatever it is. Enjoy the moments. It will all be okay. .
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