With Micaela’s slow development I have started to forget that these preschool days won’t be here forever. Adela has already begun to metamorphose into that next stage and these last few months have been a wakeup call to enjoy that little girl while I can. This revelation could not have come at a better time, for as Adela transitions into big girl life, Micaela has entrenched herself in some exhausting attributes of two and three-year-old.
So, lets take a deep breath, and focus on the good. And hey, if you are one of my readers that don’t have little ones at home, memorize this little list so the next time you see one of us young mothers struggling you can give us a big hug and point out something precious about this season we are in.
1. Unlimited hugs and cuddles. A few months ago Adela awoke and didn’t want a good morning hug. She said she didn’t need one. End of story. Ugh! I didn’t realize how special it was to me until she didn’t want it anymore. Now, on the morning she asks for a hug I soak it up. I soak up holding my girls, hugging my girls, cuddling on the couch, etc. It won’t last forever.
2. Still working on their emotional foundation. This means they are learning how to handle disappointments, hurts, surprise, love, etc. We have an opportunity to model for them how we react to hardships and instill habits that will last a lifetime. We still have the ability to positively influence life-long emotional habits.
3. I'm still funny. I can make a silly noise or dance like a crazy woman and the girls giggle uncontrollably. It is too easy to get a smile and chuckle out of these little ones. However, before we know it, that sense of humor is going to mature and become sophisticated. You can bet that mommy’s silly face won’t cut it anymore.
4. Being needed. Right now the thought of not being needed sounds like heaven on earth. Can you imagine an existence where you don’t have to help someone get dressed, cut their food, and strap them into car seats? But, we are constantly reminded that we have worth, value, and are needed. It is something we can have pride in.
5. Loving spending time with you. Right now, with Micaela, it doesn’t matter what I offer to do with her, she is excited that I am sitting down and hanging out with her. Adela, however, usually has a clear idea of what she wants to do or she doesn’t want her mommy to play with her. Some day there might be a short list of the things we enjoy doing together so I’ll savor these times.
Being a mother to a preschooler is one of the most trying seasons of our lives. We have to be “on our toes” emotionally, mentally, and physically 24/7. But, God made sure that there was a beautiful sweetness of this time that we could draw on to keep us going. I hope it uplifts you and strengthens you today.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.
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