About how it ISN'T happenin' at their house...
About how they think they may run off and join the circus because THAT would be less chaotic than chasing a non-napping preschooler all day!
Dude... I've been there.
Four times over. And for a season, sometimes all 4 at once!
I just want to remind you that the chunk of time that you're lovin' on those little people... changing diapers, potty training, insisting on naps, early bedtimes, Sippy cups, and dry Cheerios dropped by the handful on the floor... is really so short.
When you're in the middle of it, it feels like it's taking a LIFETIME!
Afternoons crawl by... fussing around 4 makes bedtime seem like it's gonna take FOREVER to get here!
The TRUTH: It's really so short. I hate to pull a Trace Adkins and say "You're Gonna Miss This"... but really... the truth is... you WILL.
Your little guy/gal is gonna get bigger, ditch napping, ditch Sippies, ditch needing help in the bathroom (even for showers y'all... seriously... it's coming... I PROMISE!)
They won't need or even WANT you around to snuggle so much. Your Mama-heart is gonna miss that.
Today, Joshy... who doesn't snooze much these days... opted to lay down, in the office, and fell asleep holding my hand.
He's 5 and a half (Don't leave off the "half!") and usually is my "Child of Perpetual Motion". Today he felt like slowing down for a bit... I think he's wiped out because he's GROWING, the little guy is a bottomless pit when it comes to food lately! It seems like just yesterday that he was tiny and I was planning our schedule around when he needed to be napping and when he needed to be eating. All that prepping and planning... and all the junk I had to carry when we left the house... isn't really necessary now. He's learned to wait and not get cranky.
Oh self-control... how do I love thee?!
But really... he's not a baby. The baby and even toddler/preschool years went by so fast. And while I LOVE being a Mama to a BIG KID... and not having to carry all that gear anymore! The snuggling... the intentional "I wanna be near you!" times (my kids used to say "Come be BY ME Mama!")... are less than they used to be.
Store up these days in your heart. Instead of looking at it like it's such a pain in the butt to rearrange everything around the needs of this small person... realize that you only GET to have this chunk of time, for a short season and it doesn't come back again. God gave you this little one to care for ON PURPOSE. You can look at it like it's a major chore... (Don't get me wrong, raising kids IS absolutely WORK!) or you can choose to find the small blessings, that add up into BIG blessings over time. It's not just a blur of snacks and naps and baths and bedtimes... it's moments in time that you won't get back.
This IS the Good Stuff!
Ecclesiates 3:1-7 (NCV)
There is a time for everything,
and everything on earth has its special season.
There is a time to be born
and a time to die.
There is a time to plant
and a time to pull up plants.
There is a time to kill
and a time to heal.
There is a time to destroy
and a time to build.
There is a time to cry
and a time to laugh.
There is a time to be sad
and a time to dance.
There is a time to throw away stones
and a time to gather them.
There is a time to hug
and a time not to hug.
There is a time to look for something
and a time to stop looking for it.
There is a time to keep things
and a time to throw things away.
There is a time to tear apart
and a time to sew together.
There is a time to be silent
and a time to speak.