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Snuggle a Little Longer

 

My 10 month old is finally sleeping through the night.

{Cue the Hallelujah Chorus!}

He still wakes up around 4:30-5:00 a.m. for an early morning breakfast, but then he goes back to sleep for another 2-3 hours. Usually, right after he gets done eating, I lay him back in his crib and we both get a few more Zzzzzzz’s.

But one morning recently, instead of laying him down right away, I held him with his head on my shoulder. He normally tries to wrestle out of that position since he loves to be cradled. But this time he snuggled in a little closer to me. I rested my cheek against his forehead and tried to breathe in that moment.

Instead of rushing to put him back to bed, I sat there for a while just relishing the present, realizing that these early morning feedings will soon be over.

Enjoy the little things in life, for you may look back and realize they were the big things.

~Robert Braul~

There is something about babies that makes people want to chat with me in public. On our most recent trip to the grocery store, I counted 7 people who stopped to talk to us!

Usually they say something about how cute Caleb is, and then they start to tell me about their children. There is something that all of these parents know to be true: Time flies! 

We only have these little ones for a short while and they are gone. Each moment counts, even getting extra early morning snuggles.

Enjoy the Present

I often hear phrases like these from the parents who speak to us in public.

“My son is 29 … it feels like just yesterday he was that age.”

“My daughter is 16 … they grow up so fast.”

“My son is 47 … time really flies.”

“My daughter is 32 … you blink and they are grown”

I listen to these older parents who look at my son as if they were looking at their own child years ago. And I read in-between the lines of what they are saying.

“My son is 29 … Laugh with him every chance you get … it feels like just yesterday he was that age.”

“My daughter is 16 …Watch him while he plays … they grow up fast.”

“My son is 47 … Study his little features … time really flies.”

“My daughter is 32 … Snuggle a little longer … you blink and they are grown.”

Make the little things count today!

 

2 Comments


  1. // Reply

    Hallelujah indeed! Well said, Emily. I'm snuggling a bit longer because I can't believe my baby is already a year old. I love the comments at the grocery store because I know what a sweet smile from a baby can do to an older, lonely Grandma. Thankfully, my son views it as his mission to smile at everyone he sees. It makes his Mama smile, too!


    1. // Reply

      One Year Old! Where has the time gone! That is so sweet that you are able to brighten another one's day even at the grocery store. A smile can make a big difference, especially coming from a cute baby. 🙂

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