People are always sharing this quote, especially when they find out you have young children: “The days move slowly, but the years fly by.” I couldn’t agree more. There are so many days that I look at the clock in shock that it is only 10am. How is that possible? We’ve eaten breakfast, read books, played outside, had a snack, watched Veggie Tales, had a bath…how is it only 10am! And how am I going to make it 3 more hours until naptime?
The “years fly by” part has never been more real to me than now as my boys are nearing the two and a half years mark. There are just so many signs now that they are growing up. Communication and language are huge parts of this as they say new words and longer sentences every day. It seems like yesterday they were pointing at their dresser drawer and today they are picking out a shirt saying, “Yellow shirt on Mommy.” It seems like yesterday they were dancing as I sang the ABC song and now they try to sing along and can identify A, B, C, G, O, and S. Wasn’t it just yesterday that I was reading them books and now today they can identify every kind of truck in their truck book (I’m talking complicated trucks like big rig, airport fire truck, giant excavator, combine harvester, concrete mixer!)?
Of course we are so proud of our kids as they learn and grow and we know it is necessary, but there is a teensy bitter sweetness that leaves us grasping for their childhood like sand through our fingertips. These days I find myself stealing as many hugs and full on (usually snotty) mouth kisses as I can. I let my lips linger a few extra seconds on their delicate foreheads as I say a quick prayer for their protection. I force myself to slow down and enjoy the gentle grasp of their tiny hands as I help them down the stairs. I know these tender moments won’t last forever, but I just don’t want to forget them!
So, I decided to write down a few things that I never want to forget about my sweet two year olds. You don’t have to read them all, but I thought it might be a nice reminder for you to write down some of your favorites!
What do you absolutely not want to forget about whatever stage your little ones are at currently?
1.) Riding your bikes around the driveway, your little legs pumping so fast.
2.) Roo asking mommy for help, “A-Bu-Gee Mommy” (Help me please mommy).
3.) Tigger climbing into my chair when I’m not looking and then smiling that sneaky smile when I come back to sit down.
4.) Reading books together, both of you in my lap.
5.) When you put your arms around my neck for a “hard hug” .
6.) Kisses on the mouth.
7.) Tigger’s love of all things blue, Blue Thing (stuffed animal), blue socks, blue hat, etc.
8.) Your Shrek and Frozen movie obsessions.
9.) Roo’s fixation with Legos, a green block you call your phone, and a certain pink piece of plastic.
10.) Driving tractors with trailers up and down the hallway and all around the house with Daddy.
11.) You shoving your faces into deep into the corner during timeouts.
12.) The first time you said each other’s names.
13.) Tigger’s love of all things fire truck/fire fighter related.
14.) Roo and Baxter our dog = best bugs, Roo giving Baxter hugs.
15.) Feeding Baxter, one scoop each. And the time you nearly decapitated the dog by shutting the sliding door on him prematurely.
16.) You “helping” Daddy do dishes.
17.) You “helping” Daddy stir the pancake batter every Saturday.
18.) You both finding “Jesus crosses” everywhere.
19.) When you ask for Grammie and Grandpa, especially when mommy says no to something, “Grandpa!!!”
20.) Over and over, asking for your cousins, “Abby and Hannah, Abby and Hannah,” again, usually when you are mad at mommy.
21.) Running all over the house 15 minutes before bedtime, every night.
22.) Your preference for “blue jeans”
23.) Tigger, when you wake up to a potty accident and say, “Diaper all wet”
24.) Giving you one fruit snack after one lap around the driveway, for a whole pack of fruit snacks.
25.) Enjoying our grocery shopping trips together thanks to the huge free cookies from the bakery.
26.) Your first time trick or treating as a Chicken and a Duck.
27.) Roo’s obsession with all thing garage door, “garage door up,” “garage door down,” “garage door Mommy!”
30.) When missing daddy, “More Daddy go home,” “Daddy home”
31.) Hill running at Grammie and Grandpa’s house.
32.) “Helping” fold clean laundry. Mommy gave you one sock at a time to run to daddy in another room, daddy made the pairs, you ran the pairs back to mommy.
33.) The new winter Olympic sport you created: Olympic Snow Tricycle Riding
34.) Tigger being able to name all of the trucks in the big truck book.
35.) Helping us set the table.
36.) Sprinting to the bathroom in excitement when it’s time to brush teeth.
37.) Roo helping Daddy put your tricycle together.
38.) “Daddy up” & “Mommy up”
39.) Magically appearing in a room out of thin air, “Ello Mommy” (terrifying at times!)
40.) The magic of redirection.
41.) Packing your “valuable” toys in Mommy’s gym bag, so I can protect them.
42.) You using your mattresses as trampolines every morning. Happiest way to wake up ever!
43.) Squirting each other with water from plastic toys in the bathtub.
44.) Putting your “supplies” in the back of your tricycle baskets before you ride around.
45.) Tigger trying to carry two jeeps, two fire trucks, and two Legos around everywhere and insisting on bringing them all along when we leave the house.
46.) Roo’s love of oranges, “More ooonge please”
47.) Little butts in the air sleeping style.
48.) Tigger’s need to have TWO blankets for bed.
49.) When we tried to sneak out of church early and Tigger yelled, “Bye Jesus” (Mommy did the same when I was little!).
50.) When you try to put your winter hats on yourselves and they are all crazy with your little ears sticking out every which way.
It’s the small stuff right!?
Here’s to remembering what’s important.
What do you want to remember???