There are times, as a mom, I wish things would progress a little quicker...like potty training. But ninety percent of the time I can't help but wish stalling life, slowing things down, could be as easy as one little phrase.
On Christmas my daughter will be twenty-eight months, two and a third years old. Where did the time go? Granted a large portion of it is probably a blur because of sleep deprivation, but I still can't believe the bitty thing I brought home from the hospital is in "school" now.
How can I get just a couple more minutes? The one thing I have learned is being present makes all the difference. I don't mean being physically home with her; but actually engaged. From our dance-offs to making sugar cookies, to just snuggling up and reading books; it is the moments spent truly engaged with her that help slow down time a little bit.
And now that she is getting to be a better sleeper and in a big girl bed it is nice to indulge her. "Mommy, snuggle me just a couple more minutes?" I'd love to!
There will come a day when this sweet toddler will become a teenager, an adult and our time together will be limited. Until then I will just keep asking the Universe for just a couple more minutes with my baby.
I'm grateful for my sweet, smart, ornery little girl. I'm grateful to see how her personality has developed. I'm grateful to do my best to guide her in constructive ways and teach her how to be a good person. I'm grateful for my little helper that loves spending time with me. I'm grateful for all the invitations I get to come play and even more grateful for all the times I get to say yes. I'm grateful for cuddles as she drifts off to sleep. I'm grateful for all she has taught me. And I'm grateful for just a couple more minutes...
What would you like to slow down and enjoy? How can you be present with the the people or events that are most important to you?
May today remind us that time is a relative concept. May we choose to spend our time consciously and claim just a couple more minutes for the ones we love. Have a beautiful day!