Baby Nostalgia

I was just scrolling through Facebook when I read a status update from a friend, sharing a beautiful photo of her little girl. A squishy, smiley,  super-freaking-adorable bubba. I thought to myself, “Oh, honey, enjoy your baby while you can, this time will go so fast, soak it all up”.

And that, my friends, is when I turned into the kind of person that I have frequently wanted to punch in the face.

I vividly remember doing my grocery shopping one morning and wanting to punch an old lady in the face. I know, so rude, right? Don’t worry, I restrained myself. There have been many, many times that I’ve been told to stop and enjoy these early days with my children.

Absolutely, I think we should all enjoy the sweet moments of our lives as much as we can. I know that one day I’ll be in a quiet, still, tidy house and wish that I could have just one more baby snuggle, a little one to feed or bath or care for, a kid to have silly imaginary conversations with. I still take the time to gobble my babies up with sloppy kisses and bear hugs, to breathe them in when they’re sleeping in my arms. But I think we need to remember the crap-fest that parenting can be at times. It’s HARD. It’s clench your fists and scream at the sky kind of hard. It’s “I want to run away and never come back” hard. I think that gets forgotten, the longer you’re away from a situation.

I wonder how I’ll feel about all this when that old lady is me?

For now, I’ve given myself a mental slap and put my rose-tinted glasses back on the shelf. I promise not to accost any supermarket shoppers with warm and fuzzy nostalgia for my own baby days.

Have you ever wanted to punch an old lady in the face?

2 Replies to “Nostalgia”

  1. LOL, this made me laugh… Yes I wanted to punch people in the face but it was for other parenting “advice”, not for the whole time going fast thing.
    It’s a bizarre thing, but I don’t think it’s gone too fast. People, even family members, have commented “oh, she’s a big girl, where has the time gone” etc at birthday and milestones, but honestly I don’t feel it’s gone that way. Not sure if it’s just me, or if it’s because the kids and I have always been so very connected and close to each other, I feel like I’ve always been very present in every moment, so it doesn’t really feel like time has slipped away at all. Am I making sense? Or maybe it’s because Lucas has made me earn every single second of our relationship that it doesn’t feel like it flew at all lol
    Having said that, there are still days where I yearn to start all over again with that amazing new life feeling…

  2. It’s such a fine balance isn’t it. Humbling ourselves to receive such a comment from an ‘old lady’ when we’re in the thick of it!! Then having the compassion to understand the position of others in that newborn haze and to not give them ‘that advice’ or one of ‘those comments’! I find myself doing the same and catching myself! Mostly!

    But seriously – how fast does it all go and how much do you forget all the horror and just wish you could squeeze their squishy little cheeks again!! :) :)

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