My baby is growing up!!!!!!!! Why? Why can’t they stay small forever?

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Every say this? I am guilty too. I was given the same piece of advice over and over again while I was pregnant with my first child. “Enjoy it while you can, it goes by so fast.” No truer words have ever been spoken.

After experiencing this first hand, I made a promise to myself, that I will never let the little things go by. I will not take each and every day for granted.

There are of course challenges, rough times, and bad days. But, it is a day that I get to spend with my four miracles.

When I feel down or struggling, I have to stop and focus on the little things. These small details get me to refocus my energy on the important things in life and the abundance of blessings I have been given.

You may never have this day with your children again. Today is a gift. Breathe an notice. Study their little faces and feet. Relish the charms of the present. Enjoy today mama, it will be gone before you know it.”

Jan Hatmaker

This quote doesn’t just speak to me, it screams in my ear!

So here are some of the little things that I have noticed about my children:

My oldest is a chip off the old (not that old) block. He is a natural. My occupation by day is a teacher. My son has seen and heard me enough, that he might one day take my job. I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t enjoy this so much.

My second son, when we go for family walks, he holds my hand. His hand is just the right size. Like Goldilocks said, it’s not too big, it’s not too small, it’s just right. I will take the hand holding as long as I can get it.

The youngest son cracks my husband and I up. Since he was able to sit up straight when being carried, he has imitated my husband and pats him on the back. Never fails, every single time. It became like reassurance for us after while.

Now my daughter, the baby, the princess. She gives the best hugs. She doesn’t let me do all the hugging. She wraps her arms around my neck and squeezes. I will not be the first to let go.

“As a mother there will be many times in your life that you hug your child, knowing that you needed that hug more than they did.” -Unknown

I have enjoyed watching my first get older and hit all the big milestones and firsts. As those are his firsts, they will always be our firsts as parents. He is growing up and there are advantages to him getting older. Him and I bond over the latest things trending fads. We love to watch YouTube videos sometimes at night while the younger ones are sleeping. He gets to stay up later. He can tell me about what is on his mind. Just real heart to heart conversations.

During the school year, my second son, really misses his older brother. When we go pick him up from the bus stop, they run to each other on the sidewalk and hug. My oldest carries him back and greets his other brother and sister. I hope they always get along like that and will be there for each other.

I could watch my youngest son’s face all day. I’m fairly certain he has not made the same face twice. He is so animated and full of life that he puts a smile on my face from ear to ear just by¬†looking at him.

I can also smile while I see my daughter run. For seven years I only watched boys run as fast as they can. But my daughter has a different run. I can’t put my finger on it exactly but it has a mixture of a run and skip combination. She runs on her toes. But don’t let that fool you, she can keep up with her brothers and hold her own.

It’s the little things!

During these busy times we live in with all of the distractions, it is important to stop and actually notice these things. Make note of them so you don’t forget. I am taking daily pictures of these things to remember and cherish.

Take Time

“Take time to tickle, to kiss and to hug; take time to giggle, to talk and to love. Perhaps there’s a lot that needs done today, but take just a minute to stop and play. They need you right now, and soon they’ll be grown. Soak up the memories while they’re still at home. Take time to show them they’re worth the time spent. The amount of time shared should never be a regret.”

-Jenn Gigowski

Please leave me a comment down below what “little things” you love about your children.

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