The passing of time is a funny thing. It can happen both slowly and quickly.

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I became a parent for the first time on January 3, 2012. It was a sunny winter day without a lot of snow.  I remember that day fondly, it was one of my favourite days ever.  How can it be over 3 years ago that Xavier was born? Time has moved at such a fast pace since the day he arrived.

But it also kinda hasn’t.

{Nighttime nursing sessions, sleepless nights, teething, potty training, tantrums.}

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I became a mom for the second time on May 7, 2014.  My water broke in the early hours of the morning and we drove to the hospital just after rush hour. Phoenix’s birth day was another amazing experience and I love thinking back to the first moments of discovering she was a girl and holding her in my arms for the first time.  She’s already a walking, baby babbling, one year old and I can’t believe how fast it has all happened.

But it also kinda hasn’t.

{Nighttime nursing sessions, sleepless nights, mastitis, teething.}

Getting into the groove of motherhood, figuring it all out and coping with the everyday struggles of raising children can make for long exhausting days yet time still moves on by.

{The days are long but the years are short. – Gretchen Rubin}

When Xavier was 7 months old and we were in the throes of an incredibly difficult sleep situation I remember feeling like it was my forever.  It felt as though I’d never ever ever get a full night’s sleep again.  And those dark dreary days, weeks, and months dragged on and on and on. So when it happened all over again and it was Phoenix’s turn to keep me awake night after night after night, I tried to keep in mind that it wouldn’t last forever.  That before I knew it, this wee little babe of mine would be a walking talking little person sleeping soundly through the night.

So mama, when you’re struggling with sleep deprivation, or the challenges of dealing with toddler tantrums, remember that it’s just a season.  Remind yourself that this too shall pass.  And you might just maybe probably will one day miss those sleep interrupted nights holding your teeny tiny baby and those exhausting days spent with a toddler learning about their world.  Because though the days seem long, the years are short.

  buddhiLove & buddhiHugs

Harmony

P.S. Here’s the story behind Gretchen Rubin’s quote…