People who know me know that I love my birthday. My mom tells me I’ve been like this my whole life; having countdowns that would begin not weeks, but months ahead of time. Lately, I feel like I’m reverting back to my childhood with starting a three-month countdown to this particular birthday but, I mean, it’s thirty! It’s kind of a big deal and not even in the “Ugh I can’t believe I’m going to be thirty…” way. As I inch closer and closer to my thirties, I find myself reflecting back on the era of my twenties and all the milestones contained within those ten years. So much has happened; my boyfriend and I moved into an apartment together, graduated college, got engaged, bought a house, got married, and became parents.
Now that I have children the time seems to be slipping even more quickly than before. I want to soak in every minute. That is why I’ve decided to dedicate my thirties to really appreciating everything in my life from the monumental moments down to the smallest; especially the smallest. I call it my “stop and smell the roses initiative.” All too often we get so caught up in this fast paced life we live in and overlook these everyday moments. They seem ordinary at the time and then one day you wake up and wish you could have them back and hold onto them for just a little bit longer. So I’ve put together a list of thirty special moments that I’m currently cherishing. I challenge you to try to savor even the most ordinary moments with your children even when life is overwhelming, exhausting, and just plain hectic.
Thirty Moments with my Children that I’m Currently Savoring:
1. Eskimo kisses
2. My baby falling asleep in my arms
3. Listening to Caroline sing songs she makes up
4. Emma’s little coos and squeaks
5. Caroline counting past 11 (11…17, 13, 15…)
6. Frosting faces
7. My daughters’ smiles. They turn my insides into a warm mushy substance.
8. Singing songs together in the car
9. Caroline giving me a hug and saying, “I like you mama!”
10. When my daughter plays with my hair
11. Hearing the pitter-patter of little feet coming down the stairs as soon as the sun rises
12. When Caroline tells me I’m her best friend
13. When my three-year old makes her little sister belly laugh. One of these days I’m going to catch it on video I swear!
14. The way Caroline says “’sgusting” when she thinks something is gross
15. Kissing boo boos to magically make them better
16. The hiccup spell that comes after Caroline laughs really hard
17. Chubby little legs that are now learning to walk
18. Doing the hokey pokey with Caroline in the kitchen while making dinner
19. Cuddling together in bed as a family on the weekends
20. Watching my 3-year-old share toys with her little sister
21. Caroline standing up and saying, “See? I’m big!”
22. My husband and the girls falling fast asleep on the couch while I take advantage of the photo-op
23. Feeding Emma her food (won’t be long before she’s feeding herself)
24. Caroline roller skating in the living room while wearing pajamas
25. Lying in Caroline’s bed with her before she goes to sleep
26. Listening to Caroline “read” her books to me
27. The funny end result when you combine a 3-year-old, her baby sister, and baby powder
28. Taking pictures of our silly faces on my phone
29. Listening to Caroline tell Emma “It’s ok baby” when she cries
30. Matching dresses
My twenties have brought me so much joy that I can only imagine what’s in store for the next ten years of my life. Bring on thirty!