They grow in an instant.
One minute they are my sweet little babies and than I blink my eyes and here they are...
...all legs, and knees, bony knees and the softness of baby is gone or fading.
It’ happens overnight. I put them to bed babies they wake up toddlers. I put them to bed toddlers they wake up kids. My son was sleeping on vacation, sleeping in longer then he had in weeks. I went to check on him and nearly screamed. He was no longer a kid he was a teen, his face looked so old, mature. My eyes filled with tears.
They grow seemingly in an instant. I don’t want to close my eyes, to miss a second of it because I know that not everyone gets to do this. To grow old, to watch children grow up. But if I stare, if I squint and stare long and hard I can freeze time. Stop their growth keep them small.
If not for real in my minds eye at least. And sometimes that is just the salve that is needed on a mommy heart that grows and stretches bigger everyday to accommodate more and growing children in ways that I never imagined.