I often hear other parents comparing their baby’s progress to his or her peers or complaining about the fact that their baby hasn’t “slept through the night yet” or that they “can’t wait until he starts solids”. I have come to a revelation. I will never be THAT Mom. Don’t get me wrong, with each new milestone Grae achieves, I am more proud than the last. I will tell every stranger on the street about his newest accomplishment. But, seriously, what is the rush? I couldn’t imagine wishing away one single moment of Baby Grae.
It’s human nature to look towards the future – to imagine all the fun that comes with the next milestone in your child’s life… but Grae is only 3 months old and I can’t begin to wrap my brain around where those three months have gone! I don’t even want to think about those chunky thigh rolls disappearing or acknowledge that there might in fact be a time when he stops smelling like a baby.
When Baby achieves milestones is not a reflection of how “advanced” he is, or how wonderful of a parent he has. In the end, all babies will walk, talk, crawl, and roll over, it just might be on their own schedule. One thing I have learned in just the first few months of being a momma is to live in the moment. Don’t get me wrong here, I’m not in anyway saying its not important to stimulate, encourage and have high expectations for children. I simply don’t want to take one single second for granted.
I never, ever want to look back and regret not taking enough time to enjoy every part of my wonderful baby. I want to do more watching and memory making than pushing him into the next stage of his development. I purely want to fill his life with love and expose him to as many things I possibly can as often as I can, and watch him do with it what he will.
So, that’s what I’m thinking about these days.
Here’s to slowing down and smelling the roses, my dear friends.
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