These past couple of weeks have been rough, Bubby isn’t sleeping well (though there was ONE night he actually slept 4 1/2 hours in his bed!), Boogie has been emotional and clingy… it’s just been stressful and overwhelming to say the least.
When my children get this way, they drive me CRAZY, the constant need to be held, the whining, the complaining, the screaming (that’s Bubby’s go to sound when he is MAD), just everything! Then I read THIS blog entry by Sarah Mae. I bawled. My children were sleeping, my husband was rattling the walls with his snoring… and I cried. Cried for the moments I’ve lost, the hugs I’ve missed, the cuddles long forgotten.
How many times do we rush our kids through a meal or a special treat? Bedtime? Baths? I know I do it far too frequently, I’m ashamed thinking about it. These babies we have… they are only little for so long, they are only children for few short years. Yes, it might mean sacrificing things YOU want to do, and sacrificing things that YOU love, but isn’t it worth it?
I know that in my life, I can’t wait for the kids to go to bed so that I can relax, read, sew, blog, or do whatever… we all NEED that time, but perhaps our children need us far more than we need that down time. So here is my challenge for you. Today, don’t say “just a minute”, or “later”, or “tomorrow”.
When you put your children down for a nap and they ask for a back rub, just do it. Enjoy the extra cuddle time. If you give them a special treat, allow them to enjoy it, savor it, and even make a mess with it. Savor their joy.
If they ask to be held, hold them. Love them, snuggle them. Breath in the scent of their hair, their skin. If they want you to play with them, get in the floor and roll those cars, build with those blocks, or have a tea party.
Relish in the small moments, those special, precious moments that you will NEVER ever get back.
Today I am going to hold my babies, I am going to love on them and play with them, to a certain extent I will not say “no.” So here’s to today, to the precious moments, to the memories made and the memories yet to come.