There’s something sad about leaving the baby stage behind. My boys haven’t been babies for awhile now. But I still think of those early days with a fond heart. I think about all the baby milestones that came and went. The ones that made your heart go pitter-patter each time they did something new.
Finding their hands and feet, the first smile and laugh, sitting up on their own, feeding themselves, walking . . . all of it so exciting as we watch them grow into toddlers.
I can miss it all I want. But those milestones aren’t the only ones to look forward to in your child’s life. There are many more to come that are just as noteworthy.
I have a two-year-old and a four-year-old now. I am in awe as I type that. When you’re pregnant you think about having a baby. You don’t think about having a two-year-old and a four-year-old. You don’t daydream that far in advance. So when you’re finally there you kind of can’t believe it.
Do I miss the baby stage? Sure, at times. But there is so much goodness happening right now.
I get a full nights sleep. Every night. Be jealous, new moms.
I no longer have to carry a huge diaper bag on my shoulder. Just a couple diapers and some wipes in a small backpack. Awesome.
I can drop them off at daycare guilt-free knowing that they’re actually learning some cool things and doing fun crafts. It’s a little harder to drop them off when they’re so little.
Both of my boys can hold my hand and walk across the parking lot. Landon can even hop up into his carseat and buckle himself in. My back says thank you.
They can entertain themselves and come up with things to do together. Siblings for the win!
I’m not pumping or pureeing or cutting things up very much anymore. They are self-sufficient eaters.
I can go to the park and let them run wild on their own.
We are SO CLOSE to being a potty-trained household. My guess is by the end of the year diapers will be a thing of the past.
Landon can dress himself and put on his own shoes.
I still get cuddles. Without being spit up on.
Okay, so it kind of sounds like I’m bragging. But hey, new mom and dads brag about their babies. Why can’t those with older kids do the same?
These are the things that I think about when baby fever comes and goes. Do I really want to go back to the baby stage? Or is this stage of our lives perfect just the way it is?
For right now anyway. I wouldn’t change a thing.