When I had a child, my mother had told me that I should cherish every moment with my baby because her childhood will go away in the blink of an eye. Now, my baby is 5 months old and I can understand what my mother meant. My baby is just 5 months, and I already think about the ’empty nest syndrome’. My baby is feisty, a quick-learner, and smart for her age. I perform an activity for her and she wants to try it too.
My little girl rolled over on her tummy when she was just two and a half months old. Now she tries to balance on all fours and crawls. I am proud to see her ace the milestones. However, deep down I feel that she needs me a little less every day.
I remember she latched on to my breasts in a short time. Initially, we did have nights when she used to cry. I cried too as I couldn’t understand her. I used to get these ‘bad mom’ vibes. However, these nights were followed by happy nights when she used to be in my lap and breastfed without causing any trouble. Today she refuses to feed in my lap and I feel sad. Being breastfed by lying sideways is her new favourite.
She has also started crawling or at least she is trying. While trying to crawl, sometimes, she falls but she tries to balance herself and rolls over. Still determined, she moves across the bed. It’s dangerous to leave her on her own as she may fall and hurt herself. These are the times I wish she learns to walk by herself.
There is no doubt I am my baby girl’s absolute cheerleader. Her milestones are our victories. We encourage her at every step. She will be encouraged whenever she succeeds and calmed at each defeat. I will do everything in my power to keep her at bay from evil. If she chooses wrong, I will be there to make her understand and bring her back onto the path of virtue.
My mother was right. This is what I say to every parent. Treasure every moment with your children. Celebrate their firsts and don’t worry about their lasts. Their childhood will bloom into adulthood in the blink of an eye. Have fun and make happy memories now because they will grow up all too soon.
p.s. As I am writing this, she has successfully balanced on all fours. Yay!
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