LOVING OUR CHILDREN FOR ALL ITS WORTH (THE LAST TIME)
That time of year has come for many mama’s to launch their kiddos into their last year of school or into their first year of college.
Many of these mama’s are holding back tears as they see the excitement in their child who is ready for their future.
A lifetime of memories floods our mind and the sadness seeps into our hearts as we realize how bittersweet the moment is.
Isn’t this the moment we prepare our children for?
Isn’t this why we have invested all of those hours, tears, and prayers for?
So why do we become so emotional at the thought of a good-bye?
Why is it so difficult to watch them grow up at times?
Why is it so hard to think of our children launching on their own and leaving the nest?
I am three years away from my oldest turning 18 years old and becoming an adult. When she was a mere newborn in my arms, the future seemed so far away.
These years will fly, for me and for you. The time to enjoy your children is now!
Now I am counting down to the three years-36 months, if you want to be technical about it-before she is an adult. 😔😭😢🥺
Not tomorrrow, not after this ‘one’ big project at work is done, or in a few weeks when you take a family vacation. The time is NOW! Enjoy those children you have been blessed with today!
The time is now to enjoy your babies, no matter what age they may be.
Embrace each moment, stage, and phase with your children.
The days will fly and soon your nest will be empty.
Don’t be so focused on the tiny details that don’t matter in the long run, where you risk losing their heart and wasting precious time.
The following poem speaks directly to my heart and serves as a reminder to embrace each moment, because one day there will that ONE LAST TIME.
THE LAST TIME
From the moment you hold your baby in your arms,
you will never be the same.
You might long for the person you were before,
When you have freedom and time,
And nothing in particular to worry about.
You will know tiredness like you never knew it before,
And days will run into days that are exactly the same,
Full of feedings and burping,
Nappy changes and crying,
Whining and fighting,
Naps or a lack of naps,
It might seem like a never-ending cycle.
But don’t forget …
There is a last time for everything.
There will come a time when you will feed
your baby for the very last time.
They will fall asleep on you after a long day
And it will be the last time you ever hold your sleeping child.
One day you will carry them on your hip then set them down,
And never pick them up that way again.
You will scrub their hair in the bath one night
And from that day on they will want to bathe alone.
They will hold your hand to cross the road,
Then never reach for it again.
They will creep into your room at midnight for cuddles,
And it will be the last night you ever wake to this.
One afternoon you will sing “the wheels on the bus”
and do all the actions,
Then never sing them that song again.
They will kiss you goodbye at the school gate,
The next day they will ask to walk to the gate alone.
You will read a final bedtime story and wipe your last dirty face.
They will run to you with arms raised for the very last time.
The thing is, you won’t even know it’s the last time
Until there are no more times.
And even then, it will take you a while to realize.
So while you are living in these times,
remember there are only so many of them
and when they are gone, you will yearn for just one more day of them.
For one last time.