As a mommy, the word leave evokes so many different emotions.
The thought of Dom leaving for his first day of Kindergarten.
Charlotte leaving for her first overnight stay with a friend.
Our sweet baby boy in the oven leaving for his first school trip.
Each child leaving for college.
Each child leaving and cleaving to their spouse.
I’ve been on this parenting journey for almost four years now. I’ve survived the newborn phase with two thus far. I’d say the first 6 months are the longest. Between middle of the night feeds, lack of mobility and interaction the first few months can be a bit daunting and boring.
They roll over.
They sit up.
They crawl and before you know it they are not just walking but running and climbing and exploring every nook and cranny of your not-so-baby-proofed home.
The words start as babbles and then strung together become sentences.
And then that newborn outfit that swallowed your sweet little bundle of joy looks like doll clothing beside their tall lanky no more baby cheeks body.
I know in my mind that the days are long and the years are short but I don’t always comprehend it in my heart. But every once in a while I’ll have a moment when I’ll hold on a little longer before placing my darling daughter in her bed. Or I will let my hug linger just a little bit longer when I drop my son off at Preschool.
Because faster than I will like (or can fully comprehend at this stage), my children will leave the nest. And although they will periodically return and bring with them their newfound loves and newborn babes, the littles years will be far behind me and all that I will have left are the memories.
This post is part of a 31 day movement. You can learn more about it here but the gist of it is that I take 5 minutes to write on a one word prompt that is provided following a theme that I have chosen. My theme is The Mom Life. So every post will center around my life and experiences as a mom and what comes to mind when I think about the prompt given. Hope you enjoy following my writing journey as much as I will love crafting the words.