Please stop growing…

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I’m not sure if there will ever be another moment like this one, so I felt the need to capture it while I got the chance. Last night, while I was sitting in my bathtub, enjoying the ambiance of the candle light, the bubbles, and the soothing sounds coming from my Pandora radio, my 8.5 year old daughter walked in and asked if she could come in and relax with me. Naturally, my first instinct was to say no. Not only was I enjoying my check out from reality, I also began to question whether or not my daughter was too old for moments such as these. Thankfully, I kicked my doubts and told her to climb in for what resulted in a moment in time that I came to realize would probably be few and far between if ever again.

You see, my daughter is coming into her own. Developing her own personality, her own wants and needs. She has her own schedule in a sense and her need to have her mother by her side is slowly becoming less and less. The beautiful baby that at one time was completely dependent on me, is not so dependent anymore. And it’s so hard to let go.

It’s so easy to get wrapped up in the day-to-day that we tend to disregard the fact that our little one’s will never be this young again. There is no getting the seconds back, there is only forward momentum. So, here is to giving a second thought to those initial no reactions and embracing the joy of living in the moment. Here’s to creating “it’s just us two, mommy” moments and soaking them up, literally, for all that they are.

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Focus on the important things, let go of the others…

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Do you ever feel like you are being drug in ten million different directions with every little thing demanding more and more of your attention? How do you know when enough is enough? How do you know when you have reached the capacity of what you can take on? Sometimes the pure lack of participation from your body is a sign; the days when the thought alone of putting even one foot in front of the other is just too much to even bare. On these days, when life is especially hard, remember to step back, take a deep breath, and focus on what is really important. The other minute things can wait, they will probably still be there for you tomorrow to deal with if you so choose. And sometimes ,the best option is to just say “No, I simply just do not have time for you today, tomorrow, or the next.”.