Every once in a while my husband goes out of town overnight for work. When he does, Lily and I have what she calls “Mama and Lily Day”.
We eat our favorite foods, we stay up late watching movies, she sleeps in bed with me, and I let her eat crunchy foods in Will’s spot. These times are some of my favorite memories with her so far and even a year ago she would have been too little to really love these nights the way she does now.
When you have little kids, it’s easy to want to freeze time. The baby days are so precious and the toddler days are so much fun. Genuine sadness over kids growing up is a very real thing. But—there are so many wonderful things we’d miss out on if they stayed tiny forever.
My own child is still young and I have a lot to learn, but years of working as a therapist with kids and teens has shown me that every age is a good age. Watching them learn, grow, and become their very own person is amazing.
So we can live in the moment and enjoy every bit of the stage they’re in right now. But whether a season has been wonderful, difficult, or both, we can know with confidence that we have a million more beautiful, happy days headed our way.
It just keeps getting better.