“I am not going to sleep! You and Daddy always go to sleep late! Why can’t I go to sleep late? I want to stay up tonight. I don’t even have school tomorrow! Don’t you want me to stay up and read?! Mommy!”
That’s how bedtime goes at our house lately: My seven-year-old tries to argue/rationalize/guilt me out of it. I swear, I’ve found myself aching for that time when she couldn’t talk. True, she cried a lot more back then but still, life was a whole easier when all the child did was gurgle at me.
This is the sort of perspective you get only when your children are older. Because when you’re in the throes of the baby/toddler stages, you often think there’s no greater hell (well, when you’re not swooning over how cute they are). You wonder why they didn’t provide Xanax samples in the free diaper bag you got at the hospital. You feel as if you will be cleaning up some bodily excretion and centering your life around naps for the rest of your life.
Thing is, there’s a whole lot you’re gonna miss when your kids aren’t little anymore—and I’m not just talking about kids who don’t talk back to you. I know this because my kids are now 9 and 7, which makes me both wise and old. So I’m sharing a little perspective to carry you through the rough patches: the baby and toddler stuff you’re going to very much miss someday (and the parts your memory will mercifully erase).
You’re gonna miss… 1 of 18The chubalicious-ness.
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And you’ll forget all about… 2 of 18The mess.
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You’re gonna miss… 3 of 18The portability.
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And you’ll forget all about… 4 of 18The frenzy of packing up 47 things before you can leave the house.
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You’re gonna miss… 5 of 18Little-kid giggles.
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And you’ll forget all about… 6 of 18Meltdowns (well, most of them).
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You’re gonna miss… 7 of 18Baby butt.
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And you’ll forget all about… 8 of 18Applying butt cream.
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You’re gonna miss… 9 of 18The insanely cute beach outfits.
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And you’ll forget all about… 10 of 18Hanging in the piss pool, where every toddler looks like she's in the midst of taking a leak.
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You’re gonna miss… 11 of 18That sense of wonder.
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And you’ll forget all about… 12 of 18The torture known as "floor time."
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You’re gonna miss… 13 of 18That just-bathed baby smell.
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And you’ll forget all about… 14 of 18Eau de Spit-Up.
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You’re gonna miss… 15 of 18
And you’ll forget all about… 16 of 18Caillou, The Most Boring Cartoon Boy Ever.
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You’re gonna miss… 17 of 18Naps, especially those three-hour marathon ones.
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And you’ll forget all about… 18 of 18
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