One of the most widely used parenting phrases is time flies or some variation of it when it relates to raising children. Cliché as it may be, it is so true. It’s hard for me to believe my daughter is almost two and a half years old and is headed to school in September – the school part is even more difficult to imagine.
As a stay at home mom I’ve had the privilege to witness almost all of her 900 + days on this earth. Of course, some days were not as pleasant as others, but the time as a whole has been incredibly special. It’s almost impossible to explain really, how time works with little ones – some days dragging on for what felt like an eternity and then it’s gone in the blink of an eye.
Our official time home together is coming to an end in a few short months. We will still have plenty of time together of course, she’s only two, but she won’t ever be home in the same capacity again. Next year school will be for several hours a day, five days a week, and then the following year it’s a full day gig. We are sending her to a Montessori school in the neighborhood and couldn’t be more excited for her to learn, socialize, and have fun. As much as I will be sad to see her go, I know she is absolutely ready and I have zero regrets about the last two and a half years together – which is such a gift.
I haven’t been a perfect parent, but I was present and truly appreciated the opportunity to raise my little girl on my own terms and in my own way (with my husband of course). The first few precious years of life are so special and the time is so incredibly fleeting. Watching her grow from a helpless newborn, to a tottering baby, and now – a running, climbing, talking person is truly amazing.
To those of you with tiny little ones, I encourage you in the kindest of ways to slow down. The frustrating and troubling days will be there regardless of how quickly you wish them away, these include the sleepless nights and temper tantrums. I won’t fool you by suggesting that it will be easy, as there will be some days that seem to go on forever. When you have the gift of hindsight it all feels like a blur and you will find yourself staring at a child, not a baby anymore.
Be present and in the moment for every opportunity you can be, because kids do grow up fast.