I remember the day like it was yesterday when we brought home our 5lb baby boy. I had just entered motherhood for the first time and this little boy was so tiny yet so precious. For the first few days of his life we had to use a SNS (Supplemental Nursing System) so he could quickly get back to his birth weight and to avoid the ever so sneaky jaundice. It didn’t take this boy long to jump ahead and gain those adorable little thigh rolls, arm rolls, and chubby cheeks. The day I packed away his preemie and newborn clothes was the first time I could appreciate the statement of “enjoy every moment, they don’t stay little forever”!
Just a few months later, my 9 month old bouncing bean was pulling up, signing his first words, and running around in 18 month old clothing. This was the size he wore until he was 2 years old. As he started to walk, run and be more active the weight just dispersed and he became a little taller (not much for this shorty) but enough that for his second birthday we told everyone to go ahead and get 2T…what was this? Toddler clothing? Did I really have a toddler on my hands? Well, yes, I had a toddler for a few months prior but why did the clothing size now matter? I’m not sure, other than it was another one of those moments when I stopped to think “enjoy every moment, they don’t stay little forever”.
Somewhere between the ages of 3 and 4, my first born discovered the sizes on the tags in his clothes. This became a major deal breaker for him if he were to wear something that had a different size on it than his age. For example: my active boy has always been a size or two behind so when he was 4, 3T jeans fit just fine (length and all), but in my son’s eyes…he was no longer 3, those had to go, and he would only wear 4T!! I took on the role of helping meet this need and did some washing to shrink some of his new 4T favorite pjs and shirts so he could feel the older, wiser 4 year old that only wore 4T!
Fast forward to this year and we are moving from 5T to the boys section…the transition in between has been difficult both for Mom and Son! He turns 5 in just a few days and although 5T is what he could be wearing, he now knows the T stands for Toddler…another issue for him. “Mom, I’m no longer a toddler, I shouldn’t be wearing 5T.” So I oblige and here we are, shopping in the “boys section”…a whole new world of colors and styles. This for me was another eye opener as it was a glimpse into the future, the boys section, where we will be for the next few years as he grows into a young child and enters elementary school… “enjoy every moment, they don’t stay little forever”.
Lastly, during a disciplining moment this week I said “You are 5 years old, you should know better than that.” Once that bout was over with, my sweet little boy says “Mom, why did you say I was 5 years old…I’m not 5 yet, I’m still 4!” Wow, he was so right…a little lesson brought to me from my 4 year old…DO NOT HURRY THE DAYS AWAY, “enjoy every moment, they don’t stay little forever.”
To my Parker–my sweet little first born, as you turn another year older in just a few days, I want you to know that I am doing my best to enjoy your every moment as I know you are no longer little in your own eyes. As you enter the boys section, I hope you stay innocent through your eyes, confident in your heart, and strong in your abilities to be who God wants you to be. I love you~Mommy