February 9, 2010

Get out the tissues...

Two child-related posts that made me cry.

How to Handle Little People: A Parenting (Non) Tutorial.

When You are Afraid of Dying.

I've been thinking a lot about patience, and my increasing lack of it. Maybe it's the pregnancy, maybe it's having an almost-3 year old, maybe it's having so many deadlines and things to do lately... I've been feeling very much that I need to slow down and put aside some of my adult responsibilities, at least during C's waking hours, to enjoy the time with her, doing what she wants to do.

"Would you like to play with me?" is heard a lot around here these days, and I probably put her off too much, wanting to get done the chore I'm in the middle of, first. But then I stop and remind myself: the dishes can wait, I can clean up later, the table doesn't really need to be cleared right now. She's already growing up so fast, and she's never going to be this age again. These are our last 3 months of having just one child, and as much as we'll love the new baby, I know I'll miss having so much undivided time with her.

I need to enjoy, laugh, show her my unconditional love, and take a deep breath and have patience with the inevitable difficulties. I'm so blessed to have her in my life, and I don't want to take her for granted.

So yes honey, I'd love to play, anything you want.

3 comments:

happygal said...

This is such a great reminder. Thank you. I am so guilty of the "not right now" syndrome with the kids. There are just too many demands. But I need to slow down and enjoy more. Thanks.

Sab said...

sniff...
me too. I need to do that too. Our kids grow too fast, dont they? And everything demands of us, doesn't it? Sigh.

vanessa said...

beautiful. I struggle with the same thing. It's hard to not be caught up with doing things you think need to be done when the truth is, they don't really matter all that much.

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