While I do not miss the getting up every couple hours during the night and blow out diapers, there are plenty of things I do miss about the baby stage. I loved just having a baby cuddled to me all day long and nursing and all the little milestones.
My oldest has always struggled with sleep. Even now we are up at least once every couple weeks with nightmares or fears. It can be exhausting for all of us and particularly rough on her. Last night I had a new perspective as she woke me to ask if I would come sleep with her. One of these days, she will outgrow this. One of these days she won't need her mommy sleeping next to her to ward off the bad dreams. And I won't know when the last time will be until it just doesn't happen.
As I lay in bed next to her and listened to her deep breaths of dreaming, I didn't even mind that I couldn't fall back to sleep. I just practiced soaking up each sound. I tried to commit it to memory so I will always have these moments with her curled up next to me in my heart.
I'm grateful my babies still need me. I'm grateful for a new perspective. I'm grateful to say yes and be there for her. I'm grateful she has a queen size bed so we can both sleep. I'm grateful for her soft, deep breaths that are so peaceful. I'm grateful to know I can catch up on sleep soon. I'm grateful for each moment, as they are growing so fast.
What do you cherish? What memories do you hold so close?
May we remember to enjoy the moments we have with our loved ones. May we cherish our precious children. Have a beautiful day!