If you want to truly understand and appreciate how quickly life passes you by. Have a baby.
This week was Ladybug’s first day of nursery preschool and I am astounded at how quickly this past year has gone by. As cliche as it sounds, it literally feels like yesterday when I brought her home from the hospital and would take her on stroller walks around the neighborhood. It’s a “blink and you miss it” stage in life where she is learning new skills faster than I can comprehend. When I look at her now, I see a radiant, young child instead of the sweet, sleepy baby I was first introduced to.
I was already pretty excited when she started walking a couple months ago. We basically skipped the finger walking stage. Little Miss Independent hardly even wants to be carried anywhere anymore because of her new found freedom. Sure, it takes us a little longer to get around while we wait for her to toddle with us but the delight on her face is worth it. She is so ready to be out in the world and exploring. And I’m already starting to feel the weight of my empty arms as I watch her take off.
Another funny quirk she has picked up on this week is dipped chips in the queso and salsa. My family has a moderate addiction to Mexican food so chips and queso is a staple in our diet. While at dinner last night, Ladybug just casually took the chip she had been gnawing on and dipped it in the queso before placing the cheesy mess back in her mouth.
It’s the little things like double dipping with tortilla chips that give me these growing pains.
Where did our time go when it was just me and my baby?
I’m realizing that as much as I want her to stay little forever, she won’t. Everyone kept telling me the classic old phrase “This too shall pass” when I would explain the woes of late night sickness and teething and colic. I guess I realized too late that this also applies to the good times like the bubble-blowing, army crawling, and our nights together snuggled up in the rocking chair.
I can’t make any of her childhood last forever but my hope is that I can make her childhood count.