The kids started school this week.
I had to take my oldest for his 12 year physical at the doctors office last week.
While were waiting there was a woman waiting with her precious, two week old baby boy.
And I couldn't help but think back twelve years ago to when I was taking my darling
first baby in for his newborn check up.
Oh, all the things I wanted to say to this cute new mother who was looking at her baby so adoringly.
Breathe in that newborn smell often. Just drink it in, close your eyes and savor it.
Don't be in a rush for him to crawl, walk or hit any other milestone.
Enjoy each phase while it lasts.
Let him learn by playing, even though he will sometimes fall and get hurt.
Stay close by but don't hover, he needs to learn how to figure it out himself.
Kiss him every day and tell him that you love him especially when you are angry with him.
Watch him sleep.
They grow up so fast.
I didn't say any of this to her, but I wanted to.
I know it's cliche and every mother says this, but that's because we are mourning the loss
of little puckered lips making sucking motions in sleep.
Slobbery open mouthed kisses.
Squishy, slippery little bare bottoms that you just have to pinch after each bath.
And chubby little arms that can wrap around your neck and squeeze just so tight.
Before you know it that sweet tiny baby will be listening to rock music,
stealing your husbands socks and quoting Monty Python.
It happens so incredibly fast.