It will happen to every parent every parent at some stage: one minute they are curled up in your arms, you’re getting up during the night to feed them and the next they are off on their own. Do most parents enjoy that “time flies”?
Almost every parent, at one point, will have uttered the words, “Time flies so fast,” when talking about their children. Being a blogger, I see this on social media all the time, where they’ve posted a photo of their children in their school uniform for the first time, or celebrating a birthday, or posting a video of their babies gurgling. I think I may be one of the few parents that are actually excited that my children grow up and that.
Sometimes, I wish I could still hold them and cuddle them up in a blanket, like a day they came home for the very first time from the hospital. Those moments are few and far between now. I am actually looking FORWARD to watching my children grow up and to see what how they’re going to turn out. I’ve always looked forward to the next stage of their life. When they sat up for the first time, I was willing them to crawl. When they crawled for the first time, I was urging them to walk. I’m not wishing time away, I’m just looking forward to seeing what they’re going to be like when they’re teenagers, when they get their first job, boyfriend/girlfriend.
Obviously, time does pass by really quickly. One minute I was giving Olivia a bath and trying not to drown her and now she does almost doing it all on her own. I never look at either of my girls and think I should have savoured more of their baby moments because I look at them now and think, “Wow!
To be honest though, the older they get, the easier they are. Robyn is in that stage now where she knows she’s been naughty but she thinks it’s funny. For example, she knows she’s not allowed in the little cupboard but she goes in it anyway, she knows she’s not allowed to eat the dog food but she eats it anyway and she knows she’s not allowed to go down the stairs by herself but she tries anyway. However, she easily pleases. Just present her with food and In The Night Garden and she’s happy and forgets about all the things she shouldn’t be doing.
Will I look back and think those were good times? Not exactly. I’ll look back and think “I’m so glad I don’t have to walk around and pick up everything they shouldn’t be playing with and constantly having to say NO to everything. I don’t want to be that person anymore.
I am the only parent who WANTS their children to grow up quickly so I can see how their personalities develop and what kind of people they’re going to be?
I will always remember their first word and when they couldn’t pronounce certain words like “Yellow.” and “Welly.” I am way more excited about hearing about what she’s learning in school and having actual conversations with them, and hearing them forming their own ideas and opinions on things. These will be better conversations than a toddler babbling something you can’t understand. Which is still cute.
Don’t get me wrong. I love my babies, but I am loving watching what my babies are turning into, and what they look like as they get older, watching their interests develop because playing tea parties or stuffed animals are boring.
While most parents are talking about time flying by, I’m more like, “Bring it on!” I can’t wait for my babies to grow up. Time does fly by, so fast, but I think it’s a good thing. If you think your baby is amazing now, trust me, the best is yet to come.