When you have a baby, you quickly learn that everything is a phase – the stuff you love…and the stuff you hate. That’s great for things like waking every two hours at night to feed. I don’t think anyone ever misses that particular phase. (“This too shall pass…this too shall pass” was the mantra that got us through in our house.)
But it means that the other stuff, the good stuff like the adorable newborn snuggles, quickly passes as well. Now that Little Man is rapidly heading for three years of age, we’ve been through more phases than I can count. So, knowing now how short each phase can be, I try to pay more attention to the present and enjoy each stage while it lasts. (Of course, that’s relatively easy to do when you’re getting sleep. When he was six months old and waking hourly at night, I was praying for that stage to pass, even if it was accompanied by lovely cuddles and giggles.)
Right now, Little Man is practicing his conversational skills. Every day he has new questions about the world around him. I just love listening to him trying to puzzle out new concepts and fit them into his mental map of the world. Today’s subject for discussion was months of the year. Specifically October. It went a little something like this…
“Mammy, when we get home can we have my birthday?”
“No Little Man, your birthday is in October. Right now it’s only July, so you have to wait until October for your birthday.”
“Oh, in October we will have my birthday?”
“Yes, in October. So right now, it’s July. Then we have August, then September, then October.”
“Is it long Mammy?”
“Yes, Little Man, it is a long time. It is 60 more days until October. That’s a lot of days.”
“Can we walk to October Mammy? Can we walk now?”
“No, Little Man, we can’t walk to October.”
“Okay Mammy. Let’s drive in the car.”
I know already that these are the conversations I’ll look back on and miss as he grows up.
What’s your favourite thing about the stage your little ones are at right now? Will you miss this stage when it’s gone?