How does summer always seem to fly by so quickly? Each May I have a list of “Summer Goals” that I seriously mean to work on. And then….I blink and it’s August and that summer list of To-Do’s has gone by the wayside. Where did the time go?
This summer I had a really good reason for never getting to that list. It was a bit sweeter than all the other summers before. My days were spent on long walks with Will and Ranger, crawling around playing chase, giggles and cuddles, lots of snuggles before nap time, washing countless bottles and baby things, a bazillion diaper changes, but mostly – with laughter and love that I didn’t know was possible!
As I rocked my little guy, now 9 months old, to sleep for his nap just now, I cried. Tears of sadness for going back to the classroom and giving him up to spend his waking hours with someone else. Tears of joy for the wonderful longs days we’ve had together. Tears of thankfulness to God for giving me this child. Tears of wishing – one more long day, please! Just….tears.
I often have thought what lazy summers I’ve had as a teacher. Why didn’t I enjoy those more?! This summer has not been lazy at all! I am always doing something around the house. Interesting how a little person keeps you so busy at all hours of the day.
But this summer has been the best summer ever. Will has been in such a sweet spot of life – learning to crawl, pulling up and trying to stand, trying out new foods. He has been my constant companion, shopping buddy, workout partner, lunch date, and reading pal. Every day has been a new adventure and I got the priceless opportunity to experience it with him.
I wouldn’t trade my summer of being a mommy for anything!