I’m gonna miss this…

Posted By on August 25, 2010

Here’s a must read for all my fellow (often weary) mothers out there πŸ™‚

I had an experience that moved me a few years ago, though. It was an evening I spent bathing my children that very literally revolutionized my perspective on mothering. Longing to tell you all about it, I shared a similar version of this post a while back. And now that we have a tiny, helpless, amazing, sweet, grunting newborn in the house again, living in the moment has risen back to the top of my priority list. I rewrote my post and share this version with you now, because I am more determined than ever this fifth time around to constantly remember that I’m gonna miss this. I long for that awareness for all mothers. You see, remembering that little truth, knowing that I am guaranteed to look back years from now and miss this arduous time mothering young children, is making these very first weeks of having a newborn some of the most precious days I have ever lived. Click here to read the whole article

About The Author

Jen McBride is the blessed wife to Steve and the mother of 8 children, ages 13-2. She is also the editor of the book “Queen of the Home” – currently being revised and updated. In her sparest of spare moments she operates www.BeNotWeary.net a website to encourage mothers who are going through a season of trial, illness or exhaustion (or all three!), and www.NobleWomanhood.com, a website dedicated to proclaiming the honor, nobility and power of Biblical womanhood.


4 Responses to “I’m gonna miss this…”

  1. L. Rose says:

    Lovely article. Yes, those days are precious. Enjoy them. As a mother of adult children, I have to say that the time now is wonderful and precious too. There is nothing like it. Yes, it is different but it is so rewarding to be the momma of grown kids. It’s pretty cool and they are so much fun.

  2. Mrs. Eva H. says:

    I love the article and I certainly needed the reminder of being in the present and just loving my children, though not really because I am going to miss this later, but because otherwise I am going to miss all the beautiful moments today.
    I remember the first year of my ‘oldest’, almost three now. He didn’t sleep for more than two hours straight for nine months. I was a zombie. People kept telling me to ‘enjoy these days’ because I was going to miss them. I felt horribly guilty because I honestly TRIED to enjoy them, but I was at the end of my tether, overexhausted and constantly near crying or shouting. I prayed, I tried to calm down, and then the idea that this was a time I would look back to with longing seemed to promise that it would only get worse.
    I am now two years further and I can say.. no, I do not miss those days. Do I wish I had been able to enjoy them? Yes. But I enjoy cuddling my wonderful three year old so much. I even love potty training with all the frustrations and cleaned up puddles more.
    After my first son, I begged the Lord for a good sleeper. Which I received. With colick. I remind myself now that ‘this too shall pass’ and this actually helps me enjoy the moment more than the idea that maybe some day I will want this back. Keeping calm, when I manage it (and I truely believe that it is a gift of grace that is bestowed on me when it comes to small children) makes the day go smoother, allows me to find moments of enjoyment and a creative ways to deal with the problems. I know I am only three years into motherhood,but for me it works better not to believe in a time when I am going to miss all this, but more to accept this time for what it is, a time of growing and learning, not just for them, but for me.

  3. ladyscott says:

    I remind myself every day how much I’m going to miss this. I realize how much I miss those 2 years with just my first born, hubby and I. I know how much I miss my 2nd as an infant. I already miss baby #3 being a wrinkly newborn. I look forward to them growing up, but not in a “can’t wait for them to grow up” way. Living each day as it is, a gift from God, a chance to be with my family here in the life He’s given us, is such a blessing.

  4. Anna says:

    Thank you!

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