Thursday, May 22, 2014

30 Things I Will Miss When Our Kids Get Older

As Caden is soon turning three in June and Eloise is turning one in July, these are the things I will soon miss when they get "older".

1. Caden being excited about fire trucks, ambulances, trains, airplanes and taxi cabs. And hoping that never ends.
2. Both kids needing snuggles when they are sick.
3. Family Hugs.
4. Looking at photos of Caden and noticing that he is holding his stuffed bunny.
5. A diet of mac and cheese, smoothies, grilled cheese, chicken nuggets, PB&J, pizza, cereal and hot dogs.
6. Making your kids happy with a balloon, a sucker or a book of stickers.
7. Reading books. Even the same book over and over.
8. Caden knowing the words to "Good Night Construction Site".
9. Eloise laughing at Caden.
10. Caden giving kisses to Eloise.
11. Teaching simple sign language such as "more" and "all done" and seeing your kids sign back to you.
12. Caden asking "Can I sit in your lap?" or "Can you snuggle me?"
13. Being excited that your infant is getting new teeth.
14. Knowing that it all goes by way too fast.
15. Caden singing:

16. Caden ending sentences with "Mommy" or "Daddy".
17. Walking to get ice cream.
18. Double stroller runs.
19. Taking dog walks with Nugget and Ellie in the ergo.
20. The excitement of treats like chocolate, a Popsicle or ice cream.
21. Getting Eloise to sleep and holding her a little longer to keep her head on my chest; sometimes even taking a nap with her on my chest.
22. Bath time.
23. Caden asking to sing him "You Are My Sunshine" before he goes to sleep.
24. Not needing an alarm clock for the past three years.
25. Getting excited that your kid made a poop in the toilet.
26. Play dates with friends.
27. Going to the beach with little kids.
28. The satisfaction of getting them both to sleep.
29. Being there to see the first rolling over, sit up, crawl, pull up and first steps.
30. Feeling exhausted at the end of every day, but knowing that you have never been happier with two kids.

Of course, our goal as parents is to have our kids become responsible, polite, respectful loving, caring and self-dependent adults. But for now, it is fun to enjoy them being so young and little.

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