Growing up

January 07, 2013

Happy Monday!  How was your weekend?  Mine was busy, busy! 

 I kept my grandson Friday night for a little sleep over with Mimi!  whew........ let me tell ya, I know why you have babies when your young!  That little stinker fights his sleep hard.  He fell asleep in his swing about 8 and I carried him to his crib to finish sleeping.  I thought he may wake up before bed time and I can feed him, or he may push on into the middle of the night. He woke up at 10:30 and I thought this was perfect.  I would change him, fed him and right back to sleep he will go until hopefully 4 or 5. 

Haha........  He had other plans for me!  He coo'ed , laughed, and even babbled at me all the while I was silent.  I was hoping he would get the hint this was NOT play time!  I walked, rocked, swayed, you name it but he would have no part of being horizontal.  Mind you, the time is now midnight!  I laid him down several times for him to roll around, fuss, then full on cry, only to be scooped up again so as to not wake the rest of the house.  I carried him down to swing again confident that would work!  As I sat there at 1am watching him swing wide eyed, I remembered all the nights I sat up with my own babies.  Somewhat wishing they would be at the next stage or phase. I was lucky, all my boys were good sleepers, and always slept in their beds.  I think all parent wish for the next milestone though!

I was flooded with memories and feelings, and it was so warm.  So what I was going to be tired tomorrow, or that I might be up again in a few hours.  You see, it made me realize just how fast the time does go by.  I took my youngest son, (17 in March)  to get his permit Friday afternoon and that teared me up as I watched him sit and take the test, then proudly get up and receive his permit certificate.  He beemed as we walked to the car.  His car.  He will be driving by himself in March, and my baby is growing up.  I cannot turn back time, or stop the process of growing up.  But what I can do is treasure the moments as they come. 

So you might be asking me about now how did I finally get little man to sleep at 1am?  I fixed him a bottle and topped off him tummy.  He drifted off to sleep in my arms, and I sat there holding him and watching him sleep, in no hurry to put him in bed.  That was a moment I will not get back and I wanted to hold it for a while!  Sleep will come for me when he is home!

A quote that hands on my office wall reads,

"I don't want to get to the end of my life and find that I just lived the length of it.  I want to have lived the width of it as well"
Diane Ackerman

That is how I feel about 2013.  I will be living this year and embracing every moment!   What are your aspiring for the year? I would love for you to share. 

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  1. awww so happy you got to enjoy some time with your little grandson. time sure does fly & i dont even have kids yet! love ya!


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