Slow down little one

Slow down little one

Slow down little one.

There is so much time to be bigger.  Stop trying to move onto the next new thing, stop trying to grow up too soon.  You stare at your car seat with disdain and idolize your big sisters booster chair.  You run after your siblings with a frown of determination and let out a wail of sorrow when they move to fast and you get left behind.

You sob in my arms and cry ‘I want to be bigger’, I cradle you close and pray for you to stay small a little while longer.

I love how you mispronounce words, how you make me a cup of tea in a wooden cup when I am working.  I adore that I am the centre of your world and the first thing you want to see in the morning.

I worried when we stopped breastfeeding the bond would weaken in some way but truth be told you still climb into my arms every morning, curve your legs over mine, making us one body.  And then you place your head where you once sought milk and drift back to sleep.

Nothing has changed.

So slow down little one. Being big is hard work, you have school to content with, you will then long to grow up.  You will aspire for freedom to walk alone for a while, you will see a treat as being allowed to enter a shop without a parent, run home along the street whilst I drive.  You will see a life that doesn’t tie to me so tightly.

Slow down my little one, I’m not quite ready for a big girl yet.

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22 Comments

  1. Sukh Pabial
    July 8, 2013 / 11:38 am

    Just lovely. I know this feeling with T, she’s 3 now. Talking lots, singing lots, and always trying to do what her older brother’s do.

    • northernmum
      Author
      July 8, 2013 / 8:15 pm

      And we know how quickly it flies by!

  2. July 8, 2013 / 3:48 pm

    Know exactly how you feel! My little one is 7 and I still want her to stay young. Luckily she still has some delightful childlike ways and still likes me to lift her in and out of bed 🙂

    • northernmum
      Author
      July 8, 2013 / 8:14 pm

      My 7 year olds appear by my bedside, uninvited!

  3. July 8, 2013 / 4:50 pm

    awww totally beautiful – this is just how I feel. I’m not ready for Erin to get big!

    • northernmum
      Author
      July 8, 2013 / 8:13 pm

      With you on that x

  4. July 8, 2013 / 9:28 pm

    I was nodding or going “Awww!” all the way through reading this post. I’s so true, how quickly time flies!

    I wonder, when is the point when you want to turn back time and not want to get older? Your 20s? Your 30s?

    • northernmum
      Author
      July 9, 2013 / 7:29 pm

      I am hoping 40s!

  5. Julie
    July 9, 2013 / 7:33 am

    This post should come with a warning – I am crying into my tea here. Mine are 2.5 and both growing up fast – I have no younger one to go through it all again with 🙁

    • northernmum
      Author
      July 9, 2013 / 7:29 pm

      Sorry 🙂

  6. Julie
    July 9, 2013 / 7:43 am

    Sorry – there were meant to be a few exclamation marks in my earlier comment! I am not actually as upset as my comment suggests. Great post – but oh so true!

    • northernmum
      Author
      July 9, 2013 / 7:29 pm

      Ha! and thanks

  7. July 9, 2013 / 9:36 am

    Catch 22 isn’t it? You want them to grow up and grow out of some things, but in retrospect it all happens far too fast 🙁

    • northernmum
      Author
      July 9, 2013 / 7:29 pm

      Exactly!

  8. July 9, 2013 / 9:44 am

    Beautiful post. I feel exactly the same.

    Even though I have number 2 on the way, my first born will always be my baby and she’s getting too big, too fast!

    • northernmum
      Author
      July 9, 2013 / 10:18 pm

      You wait till you get to number 3!

  9. July 9, 2013 / 1:17 pm

    What a beautiful post. I was watching my baby boy playing at a toddler group today and I suddenly realised he’s not my baby any more. He’s a toddler. Where has the time gone? And don’t get me started on the fact that my baby girl is starting school in September. I might start blubbing.

    • northernmum
      Author
      July 9, 2013 / 7:28 pm

      Oh don’t, I am stressed that she starts school in 2014

    • northernmum
      Author
      July 17, 2013 / 10:09 pm

      Sorry!

  10. July 12, 2013 / 10:08 pm

    Awww this is such a beautiful heartfelt post. I really enjoyed reading this. Xx

    • northernmum
      Author
      July 17, 2013 / 10:08 pm

      Thanks Emma x

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