Elijah is now three and a half years old. He is not a baby anymore but a real little boy. When he was smaller I was always wanting him to reach the next milestone as quickly as possible, when will he talk, when will he walk, hurry up and run! I am not sure if it was because the little baby stage made me quite anxious but I wonder why I was wishing the baby stage to go so fast?
We send them off out to school in the big bad world when they are so tiny, then when they do not cope we think there is something wrong with them and send them to therapy.
I think this is something most parents are guilty of. We want our babies to be big before they are ready. We want to start feeding them too soon as it is so exciting to see them take in their first solids, we take their dummies and bottles away before they are ready to give them up as we expect them to be “big” before they are ready.
We send them off out to school in the big bad world when they are so tiny, then when they do not cope we think there is something wrong with them and send them to therapy. When we are around other parents with children the same age it all becomes so competitive. We all want to know who did what first. We never seem to say that we are just so content with the stage we are in now.
Now that Elijah is three and a half and no longer a baby I am wondering why I wished all those baby moments away. I absolutely treasure those sleepy times when he still puts his arms around me and falls asleep nestled into my chest, still being a baby for that little bit longer. I want time to stand still. I wish I could go and get up and fetch a milky bottle for him and rock him to sleep like I used to do when he was an infant.
Perhaps because I know that this will be my only “baby” that I will keep on “babying” him forever. Treasure each moment of their babyhood because it really does flash by in a moment.