Enjoying the Small Moments while my Little is Little

We get so caught up in what needs to be done next that we forget to pay attention to the now. I am a big culprit of that one. Today I had one of those “a-ha” moments that seem to be coming around more and more lately.

T was playing with her toys with cartoons running in the background. I was working on a blog post that may or may not ever go up. I looked down at her and everything seemed to freeze. I had a flashblack of her being so tiny, on the floor just looking up to the ceiling. She couldn’t quite roll over but boy she was trying. All of a sudden I was back to now and T looked so big. I wondered where the time went. Just last year she was figuring out how to sit up and now she is doing summer salts (thanks to her auntie) with a little assistance.

If anyone can tell me how to slow down time, please tell me.

Until that happens, I realized that I need to soak in the now.

We had a lovely morning before I headed off the work.

We went outside to get some pictures in her majorly cute outfit.IMG_7882[1]

She does this EVERY time I take pictures!

Pictures quickly turned into hide and seek behind the mail box.IMG_7889[1]

Today was payday and I really shouldn’t have but we went out and treated ourselves. I figured cake pops would make for some cute pictures. IMG_7888[1].JPGIMG_7886[1]IMG_7887[1].JPG

Then of course, we needed something real to eat. Last night I felt pregnant craving pizza, tacos, and gelato so we headed to Pizza Rev to check one of those off. T only wanted to eat olives and Canadian bacon, try as I might, I could not get her to eat the pizza itself!IMG_7881[1].JPG

To keep the momentum going I figured we could watch a Disney movie before I went to work but I tired her out big time. She fell asleep in the car. That is okay, I am just glad to even be near her.

Now I am certainly not saying you need to spend money to make memories with your little one. A day at the park or a walk around the neighborhood is a great way for them to explore and for mama to see the gears grinding in that perfect little brain. But honestly mamas, you do not even need to leave the house to cherish the time you have with your little one. Playing, talking, using creativity and imagine. Those are the things that count. I do not look back and remember my childhood for the things I had. I remember arts and crafts with my mom. I remember piggy back rides with my dad. I remember family movie and board game nights.

Our little ones are not caught up reminiscing about the past or worrying about the future. They live in the now and that is something we could learn from them.

 

What do you think?