As I am getting close to having a baby my thoughts have turned a lot to this little guy who currently is my baby. I keep thinking in my mind he will only be the littlest for just a few more days… Oh how I love this little boy. These pictures were taken when he was 6 months old (He is 18 months old now). I remember seeing this Picture after it was taken and thinking how much I loved it, there is just a short time where you mean EVERYTHING to them, and in his world at that moment I meant everything to him. They trust and love you so completely at that age and so I say savor those short times where you mean everything to them. Every moment counts and every minute matters. I rocked him for a moment before I put him to bed tonight and I enjoyed just holding him and snuggling him. Being a mother is the hardest most rewarding thing I have ever done in my entire life. I can not really put into words or adequately express how much I dearly love being a mom. I am so far from perfect at it but I love it with all my heart. My 7 almost 8 little people mean the world to me and even though sometimes I just want to box their ears I can’t imagine my life without any one of them. They make my life amazing and crazy all at the same time and I love it. So today embrace the craziness and cherish the short times where you mean everything to them and if they are now 15 or older and you only mean everything to them for a very short part of the day, embrace it and be grateful they need you, because really they still need you all the time, mother’s are irreplaceable, no one loves your children like you do.
I love capturing these sweet moments and being a part of them. Crew had felt water before and played with it some but during this bath he just became fascinated with the water and kept letting it run through his fingers and on his hands, he was enjoying it so much and it was so fun to watch him experience a “first” I took the moment to be reminded that it is in the small things like this that we are reminded that MOMENTS matter, and little things are really important. I had a list of a million things to do that day but I stopped for a moment to take time to appreciate that he was experiencing something for the first time and that he LOVED it. I was also reminded how amazing and wonderful water is, we are so dependent on water every day of our lives yet at times we fail to even appreciate it. My little kids appreciate it and realize it is fascinating and wonderful. I am grateful for these little people in my life who help remind me to appreciate the little things and remind me that MOMENTS do matter and that they pass ever to quickly so savor them for the small moment that they last so that they become an important memory you can cherish forever.
I came across this quote a while ago on Pinterest and I LOVED it. I think earnestly listening to our children is one of the most important things we can do for them as parents. We should be totally vested in what they have to say so that they know that they can always talk to us about anything and that we really truly care about what they are doing and how life is going for them. After reading this quote I remembered an experience I had with my son, he was 6-7 at the time (he is 13 now), he was very much into Lego’s and loved playing with them, one day he came to me so excited about some things he had made with Lego’s and he wanted to tell me ALL about them. I of course was busy, and just between you and me, did not want to listen to stories about lego’s and fortresses and dragons and warriors etc. but as I was sitting there thinking of all the things I should be doing and wasn’t a sweet thought came to me and I will never forget it. It was.. Listen to him now, while he is little, talk all about Lego’s and things that are important to him so that when he is older he will want to talk with you about everything that is important to him, and he will come to YOU when things are hard. After that thought my perspective changed and I listened. Even after that wonderful experience with him I am still not always perfect at listening earnestly to my children (I’ll be honest sometimes my ears are constantly ringing with the sounds of children’s voices) but I try hard and I know It is so important. So maybe today take the time to listen earnestly to your child and see if it makes a difference even just in that moment. If it is extremely hard for you to earnestly listen just try and take it one day at a time. Listen well to a couple things they have to say and then do the same the next day, add to it as the days go on and you’ll realize it will start to become easier and then you’ll find that listening/talking with your child will become one of your favorite things to do.