Things to Remember Thursday

As I was reading through the blogs I follow this morning, I came across this post from Jill at Baby Rabies.  Like me, she’s a mom of two little ones.  In it, she shared a video of herself reading a post that she wrote last summer, A Letter To My 51 Year Old Self.  I remember reading the post last summer and I can’t remember what I did five minutes ago half the time, it really resonated with me.  If you’re a mom, I urge you to read it.

In her letter, Jill reminds her future self of how hard these days were, how tired she was, and how much her children challenged her.  She reminds herself of how overwhelmed she was, both with the responsibility of raising her little ones and with how much she loved and needed them.  She talks about snuggling nose-to-nose with her 4-year-old in bed at night and how her 18-month-old’s head smells when she rests her head on top of it.  She reminds herself that she was aware of how fast her little ones were growing, how she searched so hard for the emergency brake, and how despite her best efforts, there’s no way to freeze time.

As a mom, it’s so easy to take these little things for granted.  The days feel so long sometimes and you think you can enjoy those snuggles forever, but then you remember.. it seems like just a month or two ago that you were snuggling your sweet newborn baby for the very first time and then in the blink of an eye, you’re sitting at the dinner table having a conversation with him about what kind of backpack he wants to get for Kindergarten and you’re left wondering.. where did the time go?

Jill’s post post really got me thinking.  There are so many little things that my kids say and do right now that I know I will forget in twenty years.  Maybe even twenty minutes.. if we’re being honest.  I don’t want to forget these things, I don’t want to take these moments with my babies for granted.  I want to remember all of the sweet things that Braden says to me at night when we are snuggling.  I want to remember how kind he is to his baby sister, how much he helps me with her and how he sticks up for her.  I want to remember Mackenzie’s crazy belly laugh and the way she shrugs her shoulders to protect her little neck from the kisses I can’t seem to stop giving her.  I want to remember the way she rolls over every morning when she’s finished nursing and calls for her daddy and how her “Bubba” is the center of her world.  I don’t want to forget.

One of my favorite things about getting together with my family, is when my grandparents, aunts, and uncles tell my cousins and I stories about the things they remember about us from our childhood.  I want to be able to do that for my kids, but I feel like there is just so much that I forget.  I thought it would be nice to take time each week to remember the little things, the things that seem so mundane, the things that make me laugh.. even the things that make me cry.  I know I’ll enjoy looking back on them as Braden and Mackenzie get older and I hope they will too.  I know that I, for one, love hearing my Granny tell me about how cute I was prancing around the house after my bath telling everyone to kiss my pretty hiney.  Who wouldn’t? :)

Naturally, since this is my first time doing this, I have a list a mile long of things I want to remember.  I tried to limit it..  You would seriously laugh if you saw my list though.  It makes me happy to know that I’ll have a lot of the adorable little things they say and do documented now.

Braden is quite possibly one of the sweetest 5-year-old boys I’ve ever met.  I know all the moms say that about their boys too, but this kid.. his heart is just so big.  He takes his role as a big brother seriously too.  Last night, the three of us were laying in our bed and Mackenzie was nursing.  She kept biting me and laughing so I got frustrated and sat her beside me and told her that if she was going to bite, she wasn’t getting mama’s milk.  Cue the tears.  Meltdown city.

Braden scooted closer to her and started rubbing her back and said “It’s okay Mackenz, don’t cry darlin'” and then looks at me with those big brown eyes and says “Mama, can you please just give her another chance?  She’s so sad, she won’t bite you again.”  How sweet is he?  Seriously.  He’s gotten into the habit of calling Mackenzie “Mackenz” too.  It’s beyond adorable, mostly because he’s the only one who does it.  In the past, he’s always referred to her as his baby or “Darlin'”, but lately he’s all about calling her “Mackenz”.

Mackenzie has become quite the little chatterbox.  I feel like overnight she’s gone from a cooing little infant to this sassy little toddler walking around telling us what to do like she owns the place.  I have no clue where she gets it from.  I swear 😉

As I mentioned above, she’s started biting while nursing and she thinks it is the funniest thing.  After bath time, we get snuggled up in bed and she crawls over to me and asks for her milk.  I ask her which side and she makes this whole big production over deciding with this silly grin on her face.  Once she lays down and gets settled, she looks up at me with a little grin and those big blue eyes and says “milk peas!”  As soon as I start to undo the hook on my nursing tank top, she yanks it down, grabs me and yells “MINE!” and laughs.  We go back and forth arguing over who it belongs to until she finally decides she’s ready to eat.  Since we’ve been having the biting issue, I often ask her if she’s going to bite.  She gets this sly little grin and says “yeaaah”.  She knows better and she’s playing when she does it.. but still, it hurts.

My goal was to breastfeed exclusively ’til she was one.. then to see how it went after that.  She’ll be two next week and we’re down to nursing twice a day (right when she wakes up and at bedtime) and I have no clue how we’re going to wean her.  She’s a little milk monster and is so stubborn.  It’ll be interesting, that’s for sure.

So, what are the things that you want to remember this week?  It doesn’t just have to be about your kids – what are the things going on in your life right now that make you happy?  That you’d want to tell yourself about, if you were talking to yourself in 20 years?

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8 thoughts on “Things to Remember Thursday”

  1. I love this post. As you know I don’t blog so I keep a journal – I have the most terrible memory. My journal is short, every few days I write things down that Katie did or said so I will never forget. My entry tonight will be about how last night she grabbed her cat and new big sister book. She had a whole conversation with her cat that went something like this, “come here cat let’s read a book”. “This is baby brother Johnathan and he poops in a diaper”. It melted my heart. I also never want to forget crying my eyes out the day I dropped her off to school after our vacation. In the car she said to me, no school momma family day.
    I think you should certainly continue to journal and keep track of what your adorable children are doing and saying. I love what Braden said to Mackenzie You are right he is the sweetest 5 year old boy I know and hope our little guy is just like him when he grows up!. As for M, I am proud of her sweet stubborn personality; she is going to be such a strong, wonderful, independent woman and can’t wait to see her continue to grow. When they are older they will love to read about their dynamic when they were little and how much they loved one another!

    1. The journal is a really good idea too — how fun to be able to flip through it with her, and her kids one day!

      Katie’s going to be such a great big sister — I can’t wait to see her with her little baby brother :) I love that she asked for a family day too. B calls them “stay home days” and it’s so hard to send him to school when he asks for one.
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  2. This is a great post! I want to remember how it feels to be engaged (this sounds silly, I know). The other night we met with the DJ for our wedding and when he started talking about how we would pick a song to end out wedding I pratically had tears in my eyes. I want to remember how exciting, special and FUN this time in our life is. I know that this year will pass and before you know it we will be Mr. & Mrs.! I can’t wait but i am also loving the anticipation of the wedding :)
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    1. Thanks, Karen!

      See, I’d totally forgotten about that! I miss the happy/giddy feeling I had when I was engaged! So exciting, so many big things to look forward to — such a happy time! Savor it, it goes by WAY too fast!!
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  3. Recently I was at a store… I can’t remember exactly where, but I came across a journal that was specifically for mom’s to write down one thing a day to remember. I thought it was such a cool idea, and your post definitely confirms that.

    We all need to stop and smell the roses or kids or loved ones or whatever it may be a little more frequently :)
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  4. I keep telling myself I need to write these things down and I have not done so. I find myself so torn with our little one growing up and wondering how I could love another child the same. She’s an only child now and still nursing. (she’s almost 25 months) I have no idea how to wean her either, she still asks twice a day too. I tell myself she will stop when she’s ready and until then I give in because she will never have the same opportunity again. Kudos mama!!

    1. Oh my goodness I know exactly what you mean.

      When I found out I was pregnant with Mackenzie (after a few months of trying!) I had an almost immediate “oh no, what did we do??” reaction. I was so worried about how Braden was going to react, how it was going to turn his world upside down, and how on Earth I could possibly love another child like I love him. Truth is, I don’t. Braden and Mackenzie have such different personalities and while I love them both like crazy, it’s different. I don’t love either one more, but my relationship with them is absolutely different. It’s hard to explain :)

      Braden nursed ’til he was 17 months and I didn’t have a clue how to wean him either. I got the flu when my husband was out of town and the meds my doctor put me on caused my milk to dry up literally overnight. Mackenzie will be two on Monday and she’s still nursing two, sometimes three times a day. I don’t have a clue how to even begin to wean her either.

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