Uninterrupted sleep should never be taken for granted.
So, for every sleep deprived mother of a newborn reading this post, feel free to slap me back to my senses. Early parenthood is a marathon that feels like it will never end.
But when we do miraculously reach the end of the diaper days, and we sit back and reminisce about those sweet and snuggly days, we actually miss those helpless little babies.
This morning, Susan and I were just saying that our kids are growing up way too fast — our babies are no longer babies!
My daughter’s grade four class has had a visitor every other week over the past school year. A baby has come to her class, and the kids charted her development and took pictures of her and sang her songs and this past week, the class baby turned one.
“Babies grow up so fast, don’t they?” said The Girl, wistfully.
And that is, of course, the wistful punchline of parenthood. When my kids were babies, old ladies would say that to me all the time and I would think – in my sullen, sleep-deprived state – “Shut up.” Obviously, infancy would last forever. I would be changing diapers and having week-long days full of wailing babies for the rest of eternity – but it turned out that the old ladies were right and that infancy ends abruptly and suddenly I have a house full of school-aged children. And they are very nice and much more fun to travel with and I have a cheery, diaper-free life – but there’s still that haunting feeling that something was lost while I was distracted, that the things that I should have done will remain undone forever…
So tell us, what do you miss most about parenting your babies?