Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Growing Up Too Fast!

As parents, we know its our job to raise successfully independent children.  We want them to be self-sufficient, and not always rely on us to do things for them.

As babies, we wait on them hand and foot, doing everything for them, and then one day, they surprise us by rolling over, sitting up, crawling, standing, walking, talking, those special milestones!

And then...one day, we realize, that all that hard work of raising our children pays off and they really are growing up!  The emotions associated with these milestones are so contrasting!

My son, who just turned 6 now wants to go to the bathroom at restaurants on his own, make his own breakfast, build his own lego, and now dresses and undresses himself at hockey.  While I am so happy for him, there is a very large, not small part of me that is very sad.  Sad with the realization that every day my little ones are growing, becoming more independent, not needing Mommy or Daddy to help them.

Aiden unlacing skates himself for the first time.

These little milestones are a stark reminder for me, that one day, a lot sooner than I would like, my babies will require less and less of my help, and will venture out on their own :(

Maybe I'll enjoy those rare occasions where they ask me to zipper their coats or help them get dressed (even though I know they are more than capable on their own), because very soon, I know those days too will come to an end.

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Thursday, 1 March 2012

The Best Aspect of My Life?

Today's Prompt for the Blog Dare 2012 from Bloggy Mom is to write about the Best Aspect of My Life...

Fortunately for me, this did not require any thought at all!  The best aspect of my life is that I get to be at home with my children!  I don't have to wake up early every morning, rushing to get ready for work, dragging the kids out of their slumber, and rushing them out the door, so that some other person can enjoy the pleasure of spending more time with my children than I do.

I love that I get to be there with them first thing in the morning, throughout the day and to pick them up at the end of the school day.

Don't get me wrong, I have my days where I find myself daydreaming of what it was like to be in the presence of adults, but those moments pass, and I enjoy the fact that I get to be with my children.

I love that if we want to stay in our PJ's all morning we can, if we want to cuddle and watch movies on a rainy day, we can.  We can craft, bake, build forts, go on hikes, take trips to the zoo, beach or library...we can be whoever and whatever our hearts feel like any given day.

I don't have to worry about calling in sick when a child is sick, or handing over one and a bit of a pay-check to daycare.  I don't have to drive in rush hour traffic, and I don't have to miss important school and sporting events.

The best aspect of my life is being a stay-at-home mom!