Parenting is truly a gift. When you look into your newborn’s eyes for the first time–the love is instant and incomparable.
But time speeds by faster than you can catch up to it.
One day your baby will be all grown up.
My Kids Time posted this letter written by one mother who urges parents to savor every precious moment.
Here’s what it said:
“From the first time you hug your baby, you will never be the same person.
Maybe you long for the person you were before.
When you had freedom, time.
And nothing in particular to worry about.
You will know fatigue like never before.
And the days will run together as if they were all the same, filled with feedings and burps.
Diaper changing and crying.
Complaints and arguments.
Naps or lack of naps.
It may seem like an unending cycle.
But do not forget…
There is a last time for everything.
The day will come when you feed your child for the last time.
They will sleep on your lap after a long day.
And it will be the last time you hug your child while they are sleeping.
One day, you will carry them on your hip and then put them down.
And after that, you will never pick them up in the same way.
You will wash their hair one evening in the bathtub.
And from that day on, they will want to bathe by themselves.
They will hold your hand to cross the street.
And then they will never ask for it again.
They will slip into your room in the middle of the night for a cuddle. And suddenly it will be the last night they wake you up.
One afternoon, you will sing “The wheels on the bus” to them and do all the movements. And then you will never sing that song again.
They’ll give you a kiss goodbye at school, and the next day you will be asked not to go anymore.
You will read one last story to them while they are in bed and clean one last dirty face.
They will run and throw themselves into your arms for the last time.
The fact is, you never know when that last time will come.
Until there are no other times.
And even then, it will take you a while to realize.
So while you are living in all of these moments, remember there’s only a small number of them and when they are finally gone, you will give anything to relive any one of them.”
Do what you can now–do everything–to build an unbreakable bond with your child.
Be your little one’s hero. Teach him the ways of the world, and expect him to be brave and kind and honest.
So when he lets go of your hand to cross the street… it’s not a time to mourn a loss. But rather, it’s a triumph.
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