A few months ago a friend recommended that I read Loving the Little Years: Motherhood in the Trenches by Rachel Jankovic (I highly recommend it...you can order it here). The basic premise of the book is that while the years with young children in the house are sure to bring their difficulties, challenges, and days when you just want to scream (or simply go to the bathroom by yourself), the years are short. As a mother to five children under kindergarten age, including a set of twins, (you can read her contributions over at Femina Girls Blog), I figured she must have some words of wisdom for little old me- mom of only 2.
As I read the book, I was continually struck with the same theme over and over again. Then, when reading another friend's blog, she also mentioned the same thing- while the days can be very, very long, the years pass quickly and you wonder where they've gone. You know the days I'm talking about- the days when the baby was up several times in the middle of the night teething and as soon as you fall back asleep, the toddler wakes up and is raring and ready to go for the day! The days when the baby is attached to you and can't be put down without screaming in protest and your toddler seems to have un potty trained themselves. The days when your husband comes home and wonders what you've done all day (but hopefully never asks!) and looking at your house, you wonder the same thing ,but are sure you've done something! But even taking all those days into consideration, the years are short. I look at Bug and Doodle and wonder where the time has gone! Wasn't it just yesterday that Bug was a baby, resisting nap time, taking her first steps, saying her first words? Wasn't it just yesterday that I stared into Doodle's eyes for the first time, amazed that the Lord had blessed us with another little girl?
Yes, the days by themselves can be so very long, but in the big picture, the years go by quickly!
P.S. This is just as much a reminder post to myself as it is to anyone else.