Just today, we went to two birthday parties, and it really dawned on me how quickly time flies with little kids. We celebrated the first, second and third birthdays of three friends, and it just didn’t seem possible. It’s like, one day they’re learning to walk and the next they’re telling you to shut up. Or one day you are rubbing baby lotion all over your little girl’s bottom and the next she’s putting on makeup.
In Eliza’s case, she’s actually already doing that. This morning we were heading out the door, and I asked her if she was ready to go. She said, “No, I need lipstick.” Then she reached into my purse, grabbed my Chapstick, pulled off the lid, applied it liberally on her lips and the general area around them, and then put the lid back on and put it back in my purse. She also told me as I tried to simultaneously strap her into her car seat and get her to give me her party favor bag, “I’m busy.”
It’s one of those days where I’ve been struck hard by the idea of just how long some days can seem minute-by-minute, but how the months and years fly by. I also went shopping today to get the kids some much-needed warmer clothing that fits, and I couldn’t believe how little baby clothes were – and especially that my children don’t fit in any of those clothes now. I had to find the 2Ts and the 12-month stuff.
I’m not sure that I really have a point except to say that as tough as any difficult moment may seem, each breath is truly a gift to cherish. It’s so awesome to watch these two little ones grow up. I want to make sure I focus on that at least once every day. Because the next kid’s birthday I’ll be celebrating will be Zach’s – and it is impossible to believe that he will be one next month.