I have found that there is no shortage of people telling young mum's to "cherish these times while your children are young, b/c they grow up so fast!" Ok, I can see their point, Sometimes I have trouble remembering what Asher was like when he was Chancery's age & that was only 2 years ago. I can only imagine how hard it will be to remember when in 10 years.
Sarah at Life in the Parsonage wrote a post yesterday that got me thinking. I do want to remember these time & I know they are special, but sometimes it's just so busy around here that it's not easy to take a minute of an ordinary day & think this is a wonderful time right now. That's part of the reason why I blog & take lots of pictures. I have found that I wish I had taken more pictures in the past, so I'm trying to make up for that now, so I won't be thinking that in 10 years as well.
Just before Chancery was born, Asher had just gotten to the point that I could really do things w/ him. We could do some crafts, we'd colour, practice the alphabet, read, etc. And then during his nap I could get the things done that I needed to & also relax a bit. I'm finding now that I don't have as much opportunity/time/mental capacity to do those kinds of things w/ him as much as I would like. During their naps (thankfully they take a long one at the same time in the afternoons), rather than doing things that should be done, I tend to try to relax a bit. I need to have that break in the middle of the day or I am NOT very patient for the afternoon/evening stint.
I'm trying to just make it through this first year so Chancery can entertain herself for more than just a few minutes here & there. When Asher was a baby it was fine b/c I wasn't trying to keep another kid entertained & out of trouble, but I'm finding 2 to be much more difficult than I anticipated. It's not just like doing it over again, it's a whole nother ballgame.
So, yeah, I am trying to cherish these times amidst the business, but I think alot of those who tell us to appreciate it now, don't remember that it was so crazy, either that, or they were just more organized & better at coping than I!