When I was a mom with young kids I remember different times when I thought “phew, we crossed the finish line!” Times like these: both kids finished with diapers! Both kids finished with naps! Both kids in full time school! Both kids sleeping in on the weekends! These are monumental times as a mom with young kids when you think, hooray I made it to the finish line.
Lately though I started thinking, is it the finish line, or are we just starting on the next lap? I think I want to rethink this idea. My kids are growing up so fast! I know when I had little kids women would always tell me “enjoy it honey because they grow up so fast!” I would think, yeah whatever, right now I’m tired and I need a nap. Now, I find MYSELF telling young moms the same thing!
This next six weeks marks birthdays #12 for my daughter and #10 for my son. I can’t believe I will have crossed the next line of no kids under 10. I decided I want this race to slow down. I want to keep adding laps and never cross any finish lines.
I am so glad that we still have a few laps left where my kids insist on both mom & dad tucking them in, still want to do family game night, still enjoy hanging out on weekends together, still enjoy our summer vacations together. These laps I want to run over and over, NO finish line.
However, as all moms before me know, time flies, and sadly they will cross some finish lines, and when they do, I’ll be the one cheering them on with tears in my eyes and love exploding from my heart.
Yes, I say forget about any more finish lines, I want to enjoy the race… together.