Encore Presentation: It’s Only For A Little While.

by Amber on November 17, 2011

I am tired. And recovering from another cold. And suffering from countless nights in a row of interrupted sleep. So…I’m posting this. I needed to be reminded of this today.

Oh, toddlerhood. It’s full of belly laughs, epic tumbles and tantrums. Lots and lots of tantrums. But every time I find myself wanting to scream with frustration or hit the fast forward button on time, I remind myself. It’s only for a little while.

When she abandons her high chair in favor of my knee, and chooses to eat from my plate rather than her own, I remind myself. It’s only for a little while. So instead of getting annoyed, I slip her another bite.

When she wants to play ring around the rosy for the hundredth time, I remind myself. It’s only for a little while. So I risk a churning stomach and twirl her round again.

When she chatters at me in Tori speak, telling me stories I can’t even begin to understand, I remind myself. It’s only for a little while. So I get down on the floor and listen hard.

When she sticks to me like super glue, crying “Up, Mommy!” every time I put her down, I remind myself. It’s only for a little while. So I ignore my screaming muscles and pick her up again.

When she reaches for me from her crib, wanting yet another hug before she goes down for the night, I remind myself. It’s only for a little while. So I scoop her up and hold her tight.

When she wakes up screaming for Mommy in the middle of the night, I remind myself. It’s only for a little while. Someday I won’t be able to chase away the fears that haunt her in the night. So I go to her and I hug her and kiss her and rock her back to sleep.

She’s my baby now. But she won’t be for long. So I try to cherish every moment, knowing that this time we have together? It’s only for a little while.

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Charlotte November 20, 2011 at 5:23 pm

This is such a beautiful post, Amber. And I’m glad that you are taking advantage of all those precious moments :) That’s all that really matters.

XOXO

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Venus November 21, 2011 at 12:22 pm

This one was definitely worth an encore presentation! Thanks for sharing this. I also am constantly reminding myself that I will never get these moments back, and they will be fleeting. No amount of pictures or video will ever give me the feelings I have now. :-)

I hope you feel better!

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Amber November 22, 2011 at 9:29 am

Thank you! I told myself that again last night when she woke me up at 4:45 for the fifth night in a row. Memories are better than sleep, right? I’m telling myself that yes, they are.

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