Catch 22

06/08/2013 18:50

"Cherish every moment, because it all goes by so quickly!"


I'd heard that phrase in one form or another so many times and yet it wasn't until I had a child of my own that I even began to understand it, or take it seriously. Carpe Diem seems like such a necessary motto now I am a parent. I haven't even gotten used to referring to myself as a parent still, and yet time is rushing by quicker than I ever thought it would.



I don't think anyone can ever prepare you for just how fast a baby grows, develops and changes. Clayton has already turned 3 months old! It barely even seems like 3 weeks. He is already rolling over. He is already figuring out what his hands are for. He is already holding his head up and looking around. He is already communicating even (albeit in his own baby like way). It seems like everytime we reach a new milestone with him, or tick another 'first' off the list it's time to forget about it and record a new one.


Don't get me wrong, I'm immensely proud of my son and all that he has already achieved and demonstrated. I couldnt be more in love with the little guy and our family unit. I just can't help but think it's a catch 22. I want him to continue to grow, develop, achieve... but I also want him to stay tiny, vulnerable and want to be held all the time by his loving parents. I want a toddler, a child, a teenager (maybe) and a successful adult son that I can say I helped raise... but I also want a tiny baby. My wifes answer to this predicament would be to produce another tiny baby I'm sure, but where does it ever end? Picture me with 15 kids running circles around me and screaming, 'I wish I'd just let Clayton grow and left it at that! No more babies!'. I want it all, I just want the time it takes to just slow down. A lot!



Topic: Catch 22

Date: 05/09/2014

By: Shell Louise

Subject: .

I want time to slow down as well. My youngest just started junior school and my eldest is starting his GCSE years. Yesterday I was thinking about his first birthday and I remember wondering what he was going to be like as a teenager. It felt like a million years away but looking back, it was the blink of an eye.
It makes me sad that we won't be going to infants school anymore and I know that in another blink of an eye, the youngest 2 will also be doing their GCSEs and it's all going way too fast for my liking!

Date: 05/09/2014

By: Rachel

Subject: What a cutie

He is an absolute cutie with a smile to melt hearts x

Date: 03/09/2014

By: Aisha from Expatlog

Subject: Stop the world I want to get off!

I hear ya! The bad news is time seems to speed up as they get older, not slow down - this is the most unhurried it's ever going to be. Enjoy - it's not like there's anything you can do to change anything... :-)

Date: 03/09/2014

By: Manneskjur

Subject: emotional

The emotional tugs of parenthood - that desire to see them develop and grow matched with the desire to freeze time and keep them small!

Date: 03/09/2014

By: Kara

Subject: Time Flies

It all goes scarily fast.......I have a 21 year did that happen?

Date: 03/09/2014

By: Foz

Subject: Very true

Very two are now 8 and 2....just amazes me how quickly the times goes!

Date: 02/09/2014

By: Stephen

Subject: Totally true

I agree with your opening quote, it is so true and we sometimes let too many things get in the way!

Date: 02/09/2014

By: Ness

Subject: Catch 22

There have been many moments in my life where I wished time could have stood still.

Date: 02/09/2014

By: You Baby Me Mummy

Subject: .......

I feel the same, we always seem to wish time away, as you say trying to get them onto the next stage, wishing they were walking etc. Then you long for the time they couldn't! :) x

Date: 02/09/2014

By: Kate Thompson

Subject: cute!

What a cute little chap! Just realised this is an old post - I was about to ask how on earth your little girl could be 3 months already!!

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