Monday, 20 October 2014

{The Ordinary Moments} #21 'Changes'

I was browsing through my phone pictures a few days ago looking for a particular photo of Little One. Of course, I was still sitting there on the end of my bed half an hour later, completely engrossed in flicking through endless photos of him on my photostream. Day to day, you don't notice them changing much. To you, your children always look the same, you carry their current image in your memory and so it seems as though they have always looked and acted how they do now. 

When anyone who hasn't seen Little One in a while comments on how different he looks or how much his hair has grown, I always think "Has he?!" because of course I see him all the time and don't notice. But as I was flicking through these photos, I couldn't believe how much he really has changed, even over the past few months. He's gone from being a baby to looking like a little boy. He's gone from desperately trying his hardest to roll onto his side to now being able to cruise around furniture and climb on to everything he can. He's truly in that funny transition from being a baby to being a toddler.

As I sat there looking through these photos and videos, I got a big lump in my throat. I thought about the teeny tiny baby he was not so long ago and how he has changed so much in so little time. Parenting brings a huge mix of emotions which I certainly hadn't experienced before becoming a mummy. One thing I find brings a mixture of happy and sad emotions at the same time is when a new milestone is reached. 

I've often found myself trying to encourage and help Little One to reach his next milestones, be it rolling over for the first time, crawling or saying a first recognisable word. It's so exciting when they have some sort of a breakthrough but at the same time, as another is reached, I feel a little sad that we have to say goodbye to the baby that he was. This feeling won't stop as he gets older either. There will be so many more milestones and life events in the future- the first day at school, the first sleepover, the first driving lesson and moving into his first house. 

At nearly 15 months, Little One is in no hurry to meet his next huge milestone- walking. We had a lovely moment this week when he did take about 5 steps on his own. Watching him let go and stumble forward towards his daddy, even if only for 5 steps, made me swell with pride and I felt hugely proud of him for having tried. He hasn't tried again since and at the moment, he seems totally content with crawling around. I have had moments when I've thought I wish he could walk but when he took those little steps, it made me realise that I really should be making the most of every last moment of him being a baby. I love that he will still crawl as quickly as his little legs will carry him so he can come and have a cuddle. I've really come to learn this week to make the most of those precious moments, because time just flies by and they grow up so quickly. 

Cuddles with Mummy at less than a month old.

At nearly 15 months. Looking through my photos, I realised how much he has changed in so little time. I want to make the most of each and every moment, no matter how ordinary.


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  1. It's crazy how much they change, while it is lovely to get to the next stage, I must admit I find it all very bittersweet. That's why I love having my blog, to have this visual documentation of our lives. It does just go so quick. I can't believe next year Mads will be going to school, a year seems far away but I know it will be here before we know it- I am so not ready and the thought of it is enough to bring tears to my eyes. x

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    1. I'm so glad I started this blog, and especially, joining in with your Ordinary Moments link up for this very reason. Time just seems to fly by and I want to make sure I remember it all, even the silly small things. I'm sure she will really love school and the time you have when she's not at school will be even more special x

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  2. They change so fast don't they? What a beautiful post of a lovely ordinary moment. It's great to look for the next stage but hard not to want them to stay small and little forever too. Love the photos. #ordinarymoments

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    1. Thank you Jenny, what a lovely comment. You're right, it's so exciting to see them develop onto the next stage but equally, it'd be lovely if they could be teeny tiny just that bit longer x

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