When Robbie was first born, the days seemed interminable. I would get to the end, proud of myself for surviving, only to realize that no one was coming home to relieve me and that I’d have to do it all again the next day. And the next. And the next. When I communicated this realization to my mom, she imparted some wisdom. “The days are long,” she told me, “but the years are short.” I had no idea how right she was.
All of a sudden, with two boys, time seems to be passing twice as fast. Robbie has gone from a baby to a grown-up little boy over night, even more so since Alex was born. He has intense conversations, offering insight I’m not even sure I possess. He does big kids things – skate boarding, playing basketball, walking the dog. And he drinks tea. How in the world can I get him to slow down?
With Alex, I have time to enjoy a baby again, time to revel in the things that I forgot or didn’t take the time to truly enjoy. Even so, I can’t grasp the time; I can’t hold on to him being a baby as much as I would like. It’s all slipping through my fingers. Before I realized it, he was to old to say how many days he was; we were onto weeks. And shortly, I’ll be forced to say how many months he is because I will have lost count of the weeks.
I suppose I’ll just breathe in the baby scent and soak in all the cooing and toothless smiles I can. Because, my mom was right.