In today’s world there seems to be a constant need for our children to grow up, move on to the next stage and a rush to comment to other parents about our children’s progress through life.
When I had my first baby everything was a rush, when would they start solids, when could I move them into their next car seat, when would they be walking and most importantly when would they sleep through the night.
With my second I’m more relaxed and older and I have the benefit of hindsight & experience on my side. She’s still in her infant carrier at 10 months because statistically that’s where she is safest while she still fits it, we weaned at 6 months because she was ready and honestly there is no need to rush. A spoonful of baby porridge is not going to make your poppet sleep through the night before they are ready.
At 10 months she isn’t walking, shows zero interest but is loving crawling and can go at lightning speed. As for the sleep, well she’s mostly sleeping through but let’s be honest here I’m 30 and plenty of nights I wake up toss & turn and find it hard to settle again, it’s normal that our little people will too.
This stage won’t last forever and as hard as it is at the time, I cherish those moments in the dead of night when it’s just the two of us, and I rock & nurse her back to sleep, where I sing (badly) to her and marvel at the fact that I made this little person.
Maybe I’m enjoying this stage a lot more because this is a baby we weren’t sure we would ever have. After a lot of heartache and loss she’s a little rainbow after the dark times and I’m just so content not to rush this part of her life.
They are only little for such a small while, enjoy it, don’t rush it and savour all those milky burps, the new baby smell and the small victories in your day. It won’t be long until they are heading off to school and your baby has grown up and is off to face the world on their own. Make those early moments count and just let them be little for a while longer I promise it’s worth it.
So let them be little, cause they’re only that way for a while.
Give them hope, give them praise, give them love, every day.
Let em cry, let em giggle, let them sleep in the middle.
Oh, just let them be little… ~ Billy Dean