This morning my oldest son snuck into our room and laid down on a pillow right next to our bed. I was awake. These days I’m getting plenty of rest and naturally waking up early. It’s weird. The last two years sleeping in pain has made me a pretty grumpy morning person. But this morning I saw him laying on the floor and offered him snuggles as we laid there watching the morning light slowly fill the room. We snuggled for about ten minutes before Braidy joined us and then Saturday morning cartoons right there in bed, began. It’s my way of staving off “mommy make me breakfast!”
I wanted to take a moment here and tell all my mom readers and friends who have smaller children than I, that the chaos and the sleepless nights soon fade away. Your children will start to sleep through the night… eventually. They will eat that vegetable you’ve been pressing them to try… soon, they will not mind drinking out of the yellow cup… one day and their world will not fall apart when you pack the wrong sippy cup in their lunch box. Right now these days seem like they will never end. Now it won’t be an instantaneous adjustment, it will be like a sort of “fading away”. Like remember that time when….
The 3:30 am hunger cries will fade away and they’ll sleep as long as 4, then 6. Before you know it, they will be potty trained (the milestone you feel like they will never master) and having another birthday that creeps up on you and reminds you just how fast time is ticking. These sleepless nights will not last forever, they will all too soon be replaced with days that spin by faster than you can blink with soccer practice, school plays, running club and piano lessons and while the years that your kids are kids seem to last forever it’s really only a fraction of time before they join you into adulthood.
I’m not writing this to make you sad. I’m writing this to give you perspective. When you can’t think straight because you are so tired, maybe it’s okay to take that baby back to bed and snuggle to your heart’s content. Forget about your to-do list because that list can be tended to when your kids no longer crave that skin to skin contact and want to be out tackling the world they live in (often literally with toddlers and young boys). You’ll want to rewind time and get those days back and you won’t even remember what was on your to-do list, or that you were sleep deprived, but you’ll remember the smell of your baby’s hair, the way they snuggled into you after their evening bath, the times they smiled at you when they drifted off to sleep. You will not remember the to-do list.
These are my words of encouragement this morning for the tired moms wondering why 4 am on a Saturday morning is even allowed. It’s okay, we know it wasn’t your choice to wake up at this hour…snuggle that baby, sip your coffee and when morning nap time comes, take that baby back to bed and snuggle that time away together.
These moments are fleeting.
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