Friday, May 3, 2013

Readjusting My Thoughts on Toddlerhood.

So I was looking through some of my old YouTube videos tonight and I found this sweet video that my little sisters made for me when Henry was just a year old. The last time I watched it, I rocked little baby Henry in my arms in the kitchen of the house I used to nanny at and cried as I kissed his chubby little cheeks. I remember thinking, "Don't grow up Henry! Stay this little!" and just truly cherishing that moment.

Watching this video now is different to me in so many ways. Henry is three, no longer than snuggly little sweet-smelling baby. Every second of every day he pushes my buttons and tests my patience. I get so frustrated with him and honestly I'm not the best at reacting to those moments. I get so annoyed by the littlest things and I'm constantly stressed out, tired, and angry.

But listening to my sweet sisters sing these words and watching pictures of my baby who has so quickly grown into a spirited toddler makes me realize that time passes by so quickly. Every moment you have with your child is fleeting and before you know it, those moments are gone forever.

I know I will soon be looking back on these trying times and missing them so much. I'm not saying it's normal to handle every tantrum like a boss...it's just good to remember that soon those crazy tantrums will end and replaced with new challenges and those with many more.

Try to enjoy every moment you have, the good and the bad, because soon you will be looking back on those days with a fond heart, wondering where exactly the time went.



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