Saturday, October 29, 2016

29. Look Forward to the Firsts Instead of Lamenting the Lasts

My baby is 8 months old today. I love the baby phase. Every month I see it slipping away little by little and I have to remind myself not to despair. This is probably our last baby [sidenote: I'm still waiting for that "I'm DONE" feeling. That does arrive eventually, right??] so I'm holding onto every little snuggle and toothless smile while I can. But at the same time, I'm trying to live by this mantra: Look forward to the firsts instead of lamenting the lasts.

Karen Kingsbury capitalized on that feeling of longing for the past with this horrible book:

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The Amazon synopsis:
With lighthearted illustrations and a sweet, reflective tone, best-selling author Karen Kingsbury encourages parents to savor not only their children’s firsts, like first steps and first words, but the lasts as well. With the tenderness of a mother speaking directly to her child, Karen reminds us not to miss last days of kindergarten and last at-bats in Little League amid the whirlwind of life. Adapted from a poem in Rejoice, this book allows mothers and grandmothers everywhere to identify with the tenderhearted reflections on these pages.
Let me save you the tears and tell you right now not to read that book. Haha. Instead of looking back and realizing, "Oh no! That was the last time I tied her shoe! I didn't properly appreciate it!" look forward to what is to come.

Instead of being sad that Levi's not a newborn anymore, I'm looking forward to his first words and first steps. I'm looking forward to seeing his personality emerge and seeing if he's actually going to be as athletic as we all think he is. Haha.

I'm not rushing him, but I'm also not wasting the present mourning for the past!

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