Monthly Archive: October 2009

Anyone have a pause button?

I don’t think anyone can truly, fully understand and appreciate how fast time truly flies until given the chance to watch a child grow up before their eyes. Seriously. I mean, sure, we can feel days go by fast or drag incredibly slow (we’ve all had one of those days, right?!) but watching a child grow? There is no way to explain it. Especially during that first year when they grow more than they ever will at any other point of their lives.

Physically they grow so fast, they get so big, and you’ll buy clothes, shoes, onesies much more often than you think. Intellectually, though… well their intellectual growth will just blow you away. I am constantly flabbergasted by the things Collin does. The things he says, the things he does, and even just the way he does those things. He is a smart boy, that little one of mine. His gears are always turning and he is constantly just taking things in. He will sit and watch something and think about it until he’s got it and then boom, he can do whatever he puts his mind to. Its incredible.

I am constantly in awe of how fast time is flying by. How it has already been a year since we just dressed him up as a little lion cub for his first Halloween, how he is now running everywhere when I remember as clear as day that he had just taught himself to sit up on his own, how he took his first steps for his daddy and I one day while we were on the floor playing. The fact that he is growing and growing and growing is never forgotten around here, and the fact that I feel like he is growing too fast is not something I take lightly either.

Okay, maybe he’s not growing too fast in reality, but for my taste he certainly is. He’s my little boy, I want him to stay that way! Is that too much to ask for?!

Collin goes to an in-home daycare where he is with several other children who range in age from 14mo to 5 years. They all get along very well, we love our daycare provider, and Collin absolutely adores going there to learn and play. He is the oldest by one week of three little toddlers there yet he seems like he’s got years on them. He likes to sit with the older kids while they do preschool activities, he follows the older boys around playing with a ball, and he sits in a chair like a big boy during meals and snack. He is just growing too fast!

Today I picked him up to find out that for the last two days he’s been sleeping on the floor on a mat like the big kids for nap time. When he started at daycare he was in a crib, when he could stand he was moved to a pack n’ play, and now – per his own request (I guess he kept pointing at the big kids on the floor) – he is on a mat. When she told me this it brought me to tears! I don’t know what about this little thing it was, but for some reason it brought me straight to tears. How fast he is growing! How smart he is! Our daycare provider said yesterday when they tried it for the first time (even though she was skeptical they decided to give it a try) Collin tried to get up once and all she had to say was that it was time to lay down, and he laid back down and was out like a light!

These events, these reminders that time is flying by and he is getting smarter and growing so fast is just so amazing to me. It is so bittersweet but makes me so proud. It makes me excited and exasperated to think about how things are going to be in the future. I makes me fall in love with my little boy even more. I just wish I could have a slow down button or a pause button sometimes, because while I’m proud and in love and happy for him, I know I am going to miss these days so much in no time.

Anyone have a pause button?

I don’t think anyone can truly, fully understand and appreciate how fast time truly flies until given the chance to watch a child grow up before their eyes. Seriously. I mean, sure, we can feel days go by fast or drag incredibly slow (we’ve all had one of those days, right?!) but watching a child grow? There is no way to explain it. Especially during that first year when they grow more than they ever will at any other point of their lives.

Physically they grow so fast, they get so big, and you’ll buy clothes, shoes, onesies much more often than you think. Intellectually, though… well their intellectual growth will just blow you away. I am constantly flabbergasted by the things Collin does. The things he says, the things he does, and even just the way he does those things. He is a smart boy, that little one of mine. His gears are always turning and he is constantly just taking things in. He will sit and watch something and think about it until he’s got it and then boom, he can do whatever he puts his mind to. Its incredible.

I am constantly in awe of how fast time is flying by. How it has already been a year since we just dressed him up as a little lion cub for his first Halloween, how he is now running everywhere when I remember as clear as day that he had just taught himself to sit up on his own, how he took his first steps for his daddy and I one day while we were on the floor playing. The fact that he is growing and growing and growing is never forgotten around here, and the fact that I feel like he is growing too fast is not something I take lightly either.

Okay, maybe he’s not growing too fast in reality, but for my taste he certainly is. He’s my little boy, I want him to stay that way! Is that too much to ask for?!

Collin goes to an in-home daycare where he is with several other children who range in age from 14mo to 5 years. They all get along very well, we love our daycare provider, and Collin absolutely adores going there to learn and play. He is the oldest by one week of three little toddlers there yet he seems like he’s got years on them. He likes to sit with the older kids while they do preschool activities, he follows the older boys around playing with a ball, and he sits in a chair like a big boy during meals and snack. He is just growing too fast!

Today I picked him up to find out that for the last two days he’s been sleeping on the floor on a mat like the big kids for nap time. When he started at daycare he was in a crib, when he could stand he was moved to a pack n’ play, and now – per his own request (I guess he kept pointing at the big kids on the floor) – he is on a mat. When she told me this it brought me to tears! I don’t know what about this little thing it was, but for some reason it brought me straight to tears. How fast he is growing! How smart he is! Our daycare provider said yesterday when they tried it for the first time (even though she was skeptical they decided to give it a try) Collin tried to get up once and all she had to say was that it was time to lay down, and he laid back down and was out like a light!

These events, these reminders that time is flying by and he is getting smarter and growing so fast is just so amazing to me. It is so bittersweet but makes me so proud. It makes me excited and exasperated to think about how things are going to be in the future. I makes me fall in love with my little boy even more. I just wish I could have a slow down button or a pause button sometimes, because while I’m proud and in love and happy for him, I know I am going to miss these days so much in no time.

Just for the JOY of it Thursday

I have been going through times of struggle and times of acceptance lately and have come to one conclusion over and over again: it is truly important to appreciate the small things. To stop and take things in as they come and not worry soley about those big moments that are simply stepping stones to where we are trying to go. While I think it is important to do this on a regular basis, to appreciate the little moments that take our breath away every single day, an opportunity to share those moments for just one day is welcomed with open arms.

When I discovered that Sharon over at Good, True and Beautiful is doing a new theme on Thursdays called “Just for the JOY of it” I was beyond excited. Seriously. I found this out last week and have been thinking of it every since and today, finally, I can share. I have nothing extraordinary to share, but these little things brought a smile to my face and we all know how important a smile is.

1. Shopping! – I FINALLY found a new purse. I have been looking forever for a larger purse I liked so I can stop carrying around a diaper bag for quick trips out. Collin doesn’t need that much anymore, just a diaper and a sippy or snack cup usually, so I am thrilled to have finally found something. Plus I bought myself a new, bright red wallet to go with it. WOOT.

2. Outdoor time! – Collin loves playing outside but the weather lately has been questionable at best. We’ve gone from snow, to dry, to cold, to very wet and gray. There have been a couple days, though, over the past week have we have all been able to go out to go for a walk or play in the yard.

3. A day off. – Tuesday I did not get a call to sub and I was most definitely relieved. I’ve been working a lot, which is great, but pair that with a busy weekend and I was ready for a break. It was nice to be a bit lazy for a while.

4. My first taste of Sonic! – A Sonic drive-in restaurant opened about an hour away from my home a couple of months ago and until this week I hadn’t had the opportunity to go. My brother and I went to visit my grandmother this week and she lives close by to the new restaurant, so we were able to stop there for dinner. It was great!

5. The Itsy-Bitsy Spider – Collin is really becoming quite talkative so I have started taking advantage of that in the car. We’ll have “conversations” and its so incredibly cute. Recently I decided to start singing songs with him during our travels and caught him, in the mirror, doing some of the movements while I sang “The Itsy-Bitsy Spider” It made me smile real big!

6. Generosity and the bigger picture. – Remember my friend Jodi who delivered her baby daughter at 33 weeks? Well I know Jodi both through a set of mutual friends and from a message board I belong to. She has been discharged from the hospital by now, but her daughter is still in a NICU about an hour away from home. She and her husband have been travelling back and forth and she can’t drive and its just a difficult time. The women on our message board all chipped in and got her the diaper bag from her registry and filled it with premie clothes, gift cards for food and gas, a couple toys and an embroidered blanket. The emotion in her thank you message to us brought me to tears and the happiness we were able to give her made me smile. Definitely a joyful moment.

If you want to join in click on the box above. Have a great Thursday!

Just for the JOY of it Thursday

I have been going through times of struggle and times of acceptance lately and have come to one conclusion over and over again: it is truly important to appreciate the small things. To stop and take things in as they come and not worry soley about those big moments that are simply stepping stones to where we are trying to go. While I think it is important to do this on a regular basis, to appreciate the little moments that take our breath away every single day, an opportunity to share those moments for just one day is welcomed with open arms.

When I discovered that Sharon over at Good, True and Beautiful is doing a new theme on Thursdays called “Just for the JOY of it” I was beyond excited. Seriously. I found this out last week and have been thinking of it every since and today, finally, I can share. I have nothing extraordinary to share, but these little things brought a smile to my face and we all know how important a smile is.

1. Shopping! – I FINALLY found a new purse. I have been looking forever for a larger purse I liked so I can stop carrying around a diaper bag for quick trips out. Collin doesn’t need that much anymore, just a diaper and a sippy or snack cup usually, so I am thrilled to have finally found something. Plus I bought myself a new, bright red wallet to go with it. WOOT.

2. Outdoor time! – Collin loves playing outside but the weather lately has been questionable at best. We’ve gone from snow, to dry, to cold, to very wet and gray. There have been a couple days, though, over the past week have we have all been able to go out to go for a walk or play in the yard.

3. A day off. – Tuesday I did not get a call to sub and I was most definitely relieved. I’ve been working a lot, which is great, but pair that with a busy weekend and I was ready for a break. It was nice to be a bit lazy for a while.

4. My first taste of Sonic! – A Sonic drive-in restaurant opened about an hour away from my home a couple of months ago and until this week I hadn’t had the opportunity to go. My brother and I went to visit my grandmother this week and she lives close by to the new restaurant, so we were able to stop there for dinner. It was great!

5. The Itsy-Bitsy Spider – Collin is really becoming quite talkative so I have started taking advantage of that in the car. We’ll have “conversations” and its so incredibly cute. Recently I decided to start singing songs with him during our travels and caught him, in the mirror, doing some of the movements while I sang “The Itsy-Bitsy Spider” It made me smile real big!

6. Generosity and the bigger picture. – Remember my friend Jodi who delivered her baby daughter at 33 weeks? Well I know Jodi both through a set of mutual friends and from a message board I belong to. She has been discharged from the hospital by now, but her daughter is still in a NICU about an hour away from home. She and her husband have been travelling back and forth and she can’t drive and its just a difficult time. The women on our message board all chipped in and got her the diaper bag from her registry and filled it with premie clothes, gift cards for food and gas, a couple toys and an embroidered blanket. The emotion in her thank you message to us brought me to tears and the happiness we were able to give her made me smile. Definitely a joyful moment.

If you want to join in click on the box above. Have a great Thursday!