Friday, September 9, 2011

Life's Little Moments

These days it seems like everyone is always in a hurry for the next thing.  Always looking forward, rather than enjoying the moment we're in.  Waiting for the weekend, for the next holiday, for the next big thing. 

I would have to say that I was the worst for this, especially when I was pregnant.  The first three months I would be sick and couldn't wait for that trimester to be over.  The second three months I actually enjoyed.  I wasn't too big or uncomfortable and it was totally acceptable to wear soft elastic pants and not tuck in my shirt!  The third trimester was again trying.  I gained at least 50 lbs with each of my pregnancies, despite exercising and eating decently.  I swear it is genetic!  Needless to say, I was uncomfortable, couldn't sleep, and totally over hearing how big I was!  Also, I wanted to meet that sweet baby!  Everyone told me that I was so big, that I would go early.  Didn't happen!  A week late and still waiting.  Thinking back now, the wait seems like nothing but during each pregnancy, the wait seemed to stretch on forever.

It wasn't just my pregnancies either.  With my first daughter, Emma, I was always looking forward to the next milestone.  She was smiling, then sitting, then walking, and talking.  She was early on all her milestones, so they just seemed to fly by and keep coming. 

When my second daughter, Ava, was born I also had a two and a half year old.  So her babyhood is a blur of keeping up with two little ones.  But I was still looking forward to potty training and getting one out of diapers, waiting for the little one to be old enough to play with her sister, signing my oldest up for preschool.  There was always something to look forward to. 

Now with my third and most likely last little girl, I am trying to get time to stand still.  I think I'm trying to keep Lia my little baby for as long as possible!  I have to say that I am definitely on the floor playing with her more than any of the others and actually enjoying it as well.  I'm not constantly waiting for her to reach that next milestone, but enjoying her just as she is.   

That's how we should look at life.  Not always looking forward to our next vacation or when we retire, but making great memories every day.  Start today!  It's the little things that matter.  Take a family walk, play a favorite board game, sit on the floor and play with your kids, or just take the time to do the things you like.  These are moments that we will never get back.  They go by so fast, so take time to fully appreciate them.

1 comment:

  1. This is such a great post Melissa. You are so right. Life is flying by. I want to enjoy the moments.


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