Parents, Enjoy the Moment.
I’m going to go out and say it: I can’t wait for my now 6 week old to “start sleeping through the night”.
Most parents would agree with me here–when your newborn starts sleeping from 8:00 pm until 7:00 am there is a collaborative and collective “Hallelujah” between Mom and Dad. No doubt, we’ll be pretty excited when that happens.
Thinking about that, something hit me the other night. Instead of looking at “what’s next”, I want to start reminding myself of “what’s now”.
It is easy to look forward to our kids’ next milestone — sleeping through the night, eat by themselves, potty trained, go to school, play organized sports, drive a car, go off to college, etc, etc.
When we do that, though, what are we missing out right now?
Instead of looking at these moments as part of a no-sleep-caffeine-laden season in my life, I want to remember that I am to just as much able to treasure these small, simple moments with my children. I will never get these moments (as difficult as they may seem at the time) back.
So the challenge for today is this: Moms and Dads, enjoy the moment. Be present and embrace even the seemingly difficult circumstances.
Enjoy changing 19 diapers a day (even the ones that are so rank they seer your eyebrows).
Enjoy rocking your baby to sleep at 3:30 in the morning (even if you fall asleep yourselves).
Enjoy teaching your child to count to ten (even if you repeat it with them 30 times that day).
Enjoy demonstrating the importance of ask for forgiveness (even when you have to ask them for it after raising your voice).