Just when you thought the hardships of parenthood couldn’t go fast enough, you realize time flies too quickly. Here’s what to do to cherish the moments.
I admit: life with a three-year-old is getting pretty easy. No diaper changes, no breast milk or formula, no strollers. No naps to break up our day. The kid can even grab his own snacks now.
But with that comes the inevitable (and permanent) departure from infancy and toddlerhood.
In other words, my little guy is growing up, all too fast. And sometimes it takes a bit of growing up to learn a thing or two about being a parent and how time flies too quickly:
The quirks go away.
Scared to go down a slide. Obsessed with pushing every sprinkler down along the sidewalk. Stammering. Screaming in the car seat if the car so much as stopped at a light. Most of your child’s quirks won’t last forever (even though it feels like they will).
Instead of wishing time to speed up, remember these quirks are part of your life you can’t have again. Even less-than-pleasant stages like the first few months of sleep deprivation will seem nostalgic. My husband and I now reminisce about our three-times-a-night wake ups with a chuckle.
When time flies too quickly
Treasure the state they’re in
With my eldest, I wanted time to speed up because I didn’t believe people when they said it would get better. I felt like I needed proof—I just needed to get to that “better” point to feel convinced.
But with my twins, I’m calmer, taking the bad in strides as much as I can. I don’t mind if I need to carry them all day, knowing I only have a few months before they get heavier and not so tiny.
If you have a smart phone handy, take videos to capture your kids in motion. Don’t thrust a camera in front of their faces every minute, but do balance photos with videos as well.
I regret I don’t have many videos of my oldest son when he was still an infant. I almost forget the feeling of holding him. I’m scared the same will happen with the twins, so I take videos a few times a month.
You’ll miss when they outgrow interests
“He isn’t interested in taking walks around the block with me anymore,” my husband said. Like the end of an era, my son has found new interests instead of old ones like walking around the block. Activities that had at one point occupied most of his time.
Kids won’t always play with their once beloved toys, and they’ll outgrow activities. But it’s no less painful to say goodbye to those old standbys.
So far my kiddo still sleeps with his lovey every night. You know I’ll be in tears when he wants his special toy no longer.
I would tell people that I know my boy has grown up when I grimace and have no desire to kiss his stinky feet. He has officially become a kid and no longer the chubby cute baby with the pudgy feet not too long ago.
And even though the days have been long, I can’t believe just how quickly time flies. It has taken my little baby away and replaced him with a bona fide kid. The lesson I learned? Kiss my babies’ pudgy feet, because before I know it, they’ll be stinky all too quickly.
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- How to Give Your Child a Sense of Belonging
- I Don’t WANT to ‘Cherish Every Moment’: What I Won’t Miss about Parenthood
- Is Parenting the Hardest Job?
What do you miss about your kids’ “younger days”? When do you feel like time flies quickly? Let me know in the comments!
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