Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Time Goes By

Last week my husband played a recording he had on his computer that I did not recognize. It was the voices of my children when they first started talking. I could not believe I couldn't remember when they sounded like that.

A couple of mornings ago I walked past the tub in the childrens' bathroom and noticed I had forgotten to put the toys away the night before. I couldn't help but notice that all of our tub toys looked a bit too babyish for my children. I lingered for just a moment and considered that our days of three in a tub are numbered.

K, P & R have each grown three inches since September. Even though they are still quite small for their age, everywhere we go people comment on how they are growing. The new pants I bought in December are already a bit too short. (Why must they outgrow clothes mid-season?)

And did you see my sweet girl in that ballerina costume? She looked years older than I think of her!

This afternoon P was dillydallying as we were trying to get K in and out of ballet so I picked him up and carried him. As I made my way up the stairs I thought: It doesn't matter that he is only 31 pounds. He will be 5 years old in a few months. I really should not be carrying him.

Tonight we met a male friend from our old preschool. Watching the little guys wrestle and growl like real boys was yet another reminder that our baby days are really all but gone.

I LOVE the relationships I have with my children at this age. There is so much about this stage that thrills me...but every now and then I get a little reminder of the old days (and realize they will be FIVE in May) and my heart is a wee bit wistful.

Where
does
the time
go?

Even though I have been intentionally savoring it, the sands of time are slipping through my fingers at an increasingly rapid pace.

14 comments:

Todd and Randi said...

I know mine are much younger, but I feel ya! I love, love this time. They are learning to talk with those precious baby voices, but they don't need a ton of discipline yet. I am trying to savor everyday, but time still passes so quickly!

texasknights said...

Heck, I just bought my TEN year old size 5 tennis shoes. I seriously about cried in the store! I took a breath (and I guess I blinked) and I have a TEN year old, 9 , and 6. It is pitiful, just plain pitiful-AND FUN!

Kris said...

I hear you! I am sad about how fast my children are growing up... even though of course I wouldn't want it any other way, and each new stage is better than the last...

Looking at the 'baby' pictures made me realize I have been reading your blog for a long time, because I 'remember' your little ones being that age!

Jenna said...

They are so precious - then and now!!! I love how you make the most of each day of their little lives. They are blessed to have you as their mama!

Cheri (aka "The Mom Lady") said...

TELL me about it! Yesterday, I was 19 and getting married. Today I'm 51, have three grown children, each married, and five grandchildren.


All I did was blink a couple of times!

Christine said...

We celebrate the fifth birthday this year too. In March. I remember the day she was born like it was last year, not 4 last years ago. I look at her daily and wonder where in the world did this delightful little girl come from because the last time I checked she was an infant in all those adorable little baby things I got at a baby shower. Little outfits that she AND her sister have now outgrown.

dee said...

Thank you. It is so touching to read this because it doesn't matter if it has been five years or twenty one years, ALL mothers can relate! :)

Bailey's Leaf said...

My daughter is 47.5 pounds, 44" tall and I still carry her out of the car if she has been sleeping. Sometimes she falls asleep on the way to the store. I'll ask her is she wants me to carry her. She'll say yes and my just under 5' 1" frame will do the best it can do. We'll get half way across the parking lot and she'll decide to walk. I still like doing it though. Soon, baby girl will be taller than me!

mylifewith5kids said...

This post is simply BEAUTIFUL!! I have been following your blog for over a year now. I too can't believe how fast they are growing up!! FIVE in May? WOW!!

Mindy said...

I know what you mean....I feel like I do a very bad job of savoring the moment. I feel like that is something I am learning from you.
You do a great job of it!

elizabeth said...

You couldn't be more right and I too, often think this way. Where DOES the time go? Far too quickly for sure.

Mickie McGee said...

I know I don't have to tell you this but...savor every moment with these little blessings! I have one married and expecting a baby and another who is 39, and I still experience nostalgic moments that bring me to tears. Although I display current photos of them around the house, some of my most favorite are the ones of them when they were oh-so-small many years ago. :o)

laurie said...

I always laugh at how I used to think that only "old" people had kids our kids ages! They are precious, loved seeing the old pics.

LEIGH said...

gina loveman recently said children around the age of 2 & 3 ask a lot of questions. and i thought how true, but once they turn 4 1/2 they start making statements. t loves to tell me how & why things work. i get such a kick out of that.

Leigh