I tend to be very sentimental about my children growing up. I took a good 6 months to grieve about my youngest going off to school and I occasionally think wistfully of those early days of breastfeeding and nappy changes all through the night.
I have written about it before and I talk about it a lot and I honestly CANNOT HELP SAYING “enjoy every minute” because it goes way too fast.
Honestly, I am powerless.
But today when I was wiping up around the children’s toilet for the fifteen -thousandth time I realised that I really look forward to the day when I never have to do this again.
It got me thinking about other things that I am never going to miss. Here is a list for your enjoyment. Please play along.
- Playing endlessly on the play equipment at a boring suburban park.
- The “toddler years” nappy changes. If you’ve ever changed one you will know what I mean.
- Doing the grocery shopping with an over tired toddler because: running, crying, begging, crying, dancing, stealing, hiding, crying, screaming. Etc.
- Picking up endless, literally endless, miniature plastic toy pieces. I am looking at you loom bands, puzzle pieces, pretend play food and Pokemon cards.
- Washing the hair of a little one who is going through “that stage” of fear of water.
- Putting in eye drops/ ointment/ cream.
- Sweeping up endless, teeny, tiny bits of food on the floor and wondering how it is that my children have ever grown taller given ALL the food is on the floor.
- The whingeing and whining for the latest, greatest, often awful toy.
Which brings me to my gratitude list for today.
This is literally almost never true, but today I am grateful that my children are growing up. Aren’t they clever with all their new skills and independence and ability to do things almost out of no where. It seems almost to be a miracle when you really think about it. A beauty to behold and pleasure to watch but I am really grateful that some phases come and then they go.
I’m going to stop right there though because I feel the sentimental longing is coming to get me, because having little children is such a blessing and I miss the early years
So what won’t you miss when your kids grow up?
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