One day last week after we had finished our jobs in town, I took the kids to McDonalds for a snack.
We sat inside and at the next table there was a mum with her two young children, probably aged around 3 and 4......
As I watched this mother, it brought back alot of memories for me.
She spent most of her time out of her chair, wiping a face, tending to a child out of their seat, or wiping up a spilt drink.
My kids sat and ate their meal, and were on their best behaviour (aged 6, 8 and 10).
As she walked past me while taking one child to the toilet for the 3rd time, her eyes met mine and we both smiled.
She said "look at your beautiful children, sitting there and behaving".....
And I replied "I've been where you are, I can guarantee you".......
I have been there...with my 3 babes under 4 years old - two in nappies, two with pacifiers (lovingly refered to as their "gars") a huge double pram and an equally sized nappy bag.
- wishing the kids were old enough to feed themselves
- wishing the kids would sit still
- wishing the kids could be taken out in public without embarrassing me
- wishing the kids could entertain themselves for longer than 5 minutes
- wishing the kids would go to sleep at a respectable time
- wishing I could have a ful nights sleep
Wishing the time away, not realising that it goes so fast............
Now I find myself fondly remembering those times when my children were babies, and I'd give anything to have that again....
...those chubby cheeks
...warm snuggly baby hugs
...rocking my babies to sleep
...that amazing newborn scent
...soft wispy hair
...the amazing first steps
...breastfeeding and that exquisite closeness....
My children have grown so quickly, and the years have melted away, and they are now in another stage of their lives.
It's an exciting time, yes, but those first few years when I first became a mother will always be so special to me...
Don't wish the time away.
Enjoy every moment........