20 parenting moments I don’t want to forget

20 parenting moments I don't want to forget

I’ve been talking a lot about some the harder parts of parenting, so I’m trying to add a few happy posts to balance it all out. To quasi-quote Obi-Wan Kenobi, I would like to bring balance to the force, not leave it in darkness.

Obi Wan Kenobi

Sure, I still have to wipe a lot of bottoms and noses and clean up the odd bit of sick. Yes,ย it’s true that they both wake up multiple times every night and I am always tired. But there are some wonderful things happening right now, and some things that happened not too long ago that I want to hold in my heart forever.

I wish I could bottle these things and save them for later when they’re long gone. There are hundreds of photos and videos, but some moments can’t be captured by a camera.

So here is my list of 20 early years parenting moments that I don’t want to forget:

  1. When one of them sits on my lap and I bury my face in his hair. The smell of the baby shampoo and the soft texture of the babyish hair (never mind the possibility of the odd nit).
  2. The half-a-minute each day when my boys show their brotherly love for each other – a shy little cuddle, sharing a bit of food, or playing nicely without it ending in a screamfest.
  3. The way my toddler dances with pure joy to any music at all. Even the ring of a mobile phone.
  4. All four of us snuggling in bed together in the early hours of the morning.
  5. The way my eldest never stops talking and loves to explain how things work (putting his own fanciful take on it, of course).
  6. Hugging both of them on the sofa and watching kid’s movies on lazy Sunday afternoons.
  7. The snorty mcsnuffles sound my youngest makes while contentedly sucking his dummy.
  8. The day each of them first gripped my finger with their tiny hands when they were newborns.
  9. The feeling of having them fall asleep in my arms.
  10. My toddler’s hilarious forays into talking (yelling ‘caaat’ at the cat and saying ‘beep’ while touching your nose), which he refuses to perform while the camera is recording.
  11. Watching CBeebies. My eldest is starting to move on to CBBC and I’m really going to miss Mister Maker and Iggle Piggle.
  12. The way my boys cuddle their soft toys. We grow up to think boys aren’t as sentimental as girls but that is not how it begins.
  13. Getting to choose what clothes they wear every day.
  14. Reading them stories. My eldest is starting to read the stories to me now, which is also nice, but I was loving the sound of my own voice. ๐Ÿ˜‰
  15. Holding their little hands. Having them not be ashamed to hold my hand anytime in public.
  16. Having them jump into my arms when I pick them up from childcare/school.
  17. Answering endless “why” questions.
  18. The way they play so happily together when they’re in the bath. I often dread bathtime, but someday they’llย be too big for bathtime together with mummy presiding.
  19. The way my eldest says “I love you mummy”. And I say “I love you too”. Then he says, “That’s great.”
  20. Singing them to sleep.

What are your favourite moments with your children? If you could bottle one thing from their early years, what would it be?

Obi-Wan photo by Wacko Photographer [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

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34 thoughts on “20 parenting moments I don’t want to forget

  1. Oh this is lovely. I can relate to a lot of them. If I could bottle up that feeling of breastfeeding my baby to sleep and holding her after she’s fallen asleep on me before I put her down in the cot, I would. Near the end of our breastfeeding I used to sit there and think “just a little longer, I know it will be over soon”. I’m so glad I cherished those moments. #ablogginggoodtime

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  2. This is a beautiful post. There really are so many moments us moms want to hold on to forever. Mine will be in kindergarten next year; I truly can not believe how time flies. One moment I love so much and can never forget is when he is falling asleep next to me and I say “I love you,”…..he softly whispers back “I love you too”, as he is falling asleep. It fills my heart with so much joy.

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  3. This is such a great post and a great list. I’d have to add those giggles that only babies and toddlers can make, adorable!
    #Ablogginggoodtime

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  4. God this had me in tears, I am so tired but I treasure all of the above even in my sleep deprived state. I want to bottle their cuddles forever, little arms around my neck, almost strangling me to be honest, but so real and so perfect. Love this post! #ablogginggoodtime

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  5. My son is so loving but I can’t imagine it will last as he becomes a grumpy teenager. I love it when his little arms go round my neck for a cuddle or he grabs my face and turns it towards him for a kiss. #KCACOLS

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  6. What a lovely post. I think for me it has to be the first time each of my kids smiled at me. I cannot put into words how much those tiny smiles warmed my heart.
    #KCACOLS

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  7. Beautiful, gorgeous list!!! I will never forget the day I put my finger into my son’s hand, and he curled his perfect little fingers around it. In that instant, life was perfect.
    As tough as things get as a parent, we needn’t ever forget just how special these little humans are โค Thanks for sharing! #KCACOLS

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  8. aw bless what a lovely post and a lovely reminder of all the good times ๐Ÿ™‚ I love snuggling into my boys hair and he adores his teddy bears – it is super cute. he is such a sensitive soul, always asking so many why questions too – and I love it! Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday!

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  9. This is such a gorgeous post!!! All such precious memories. I love how my 10 month old tries to kiss – he keeps his mouth open and slobbers all over you but it’s adorable. And the baby giggles are just the most amazing sound in the world aren’t they? I love him poking my face on one of the many mornings that he ends up in our bed. I actually like a lot of things about this age, he’s mobile and doing lots so he’s entertaining to watch but still loves to snuggle and fall asleep on me. Bliss! #FamilyFun

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  10. This is soooo lovely to read as it reminds me of all the little things to celebrate in our household too…. Nos 3 and 15 resonate particularly. 19 is very sweet – this parenting lark isn’t all bad is it?! xx #FamilyFun

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  11. These are all fabulous things to remember. I love seeing my son cuddle his toys too. Can’t beat cuddles or how great they smell washed!! Thanks for linking up to #familyfun

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  12. This is lovely, I haven’t really thought of these but it is a great idea. My two are the same – they show each other some love for all of 30 seconds and I am usually behind them with a camera trying to capture it… My oldest has just started talking and she will not stop now. I sometimes get exasperated by the endless mummy, mummy, mummy but I know I will miss it and already treasure it as a memory! Thank you so much for sharing this at#FamilyFun

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  13. Number 1 was my ultimate favourite! The smell of a baby’s head, J used to laugh at me smelling them, he said it was like a mummy-drug! #KCACOLS

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