Thursday, June 14, 2012

So Big! {Bigger Picture Moments}

A favorite game to play with toddlers, how big is _________ SO BIG! Said with great exuberance as arms are thrown in the air.

It’s so easy to see a baby/toddler's growth. Almost every single day something is new. A new skill or word, a shirt that seemingly fit yesterday that doesn’t today. Compared to a baby/toddler the growth of older kids can seem stagnate if we don’t take the time to notice it.

I noticed it.

It hits me when I least expect it. He’s just sitting there reading and I notice the edges. The cheek bones starting to protrude where there used to be roundness. The chin jutting out and stretching the skin over it. The disappearing dimple. The gangly-ness of the limbs hanging over the sides of the chair that he could barely get his bottom up onto seemingly yesterday and a world away.

It’s easy to forget that they big kids are growing and changing too in the day to day of chaos of living. The running around, the jubilant {loud} celebrations of a child home from school. Then he grabs a chubby toddler hand and leads her on a walk around the yard, or he sits down and starts teaching his other sister what words look like while he reads to her and you think.


Everything we do as parents is planning ahead for the future, sometimes we forget to see that the future we are planning  has already arrived and we need to take some time to enjoy it.


Simply seeing how big they are, that's my Simple Moment, Bigger Picture this week. What's Yours

Harness the moment. Write it down, share a picture, a poem or prose. However YOU need to process and remember the moment. All moments big and small.

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Stephanie said...

Oh, my heart...they do grow so fast, but I love your reminder to stop and notice. All too soon they will be grown and on their own and we will miss this.

Lenae said...

Oh, I'll never play "So Big!" again without having my heart catch a little, remembering this post and the reminder it conveys. As our oldest stretches into his boyhood --now firmly planted beyond his baby years-- and grows into his role as the oldest of a pack of siblings, I am often jolted at the little details indicating the unstoppable forward motion of my children getting "so big." Lovely thoughts here, Melissa.

Unknown said...

This is so's easy to measure the changes in the little ones, each day a new milestone, new word, new adventure. But those big kids...they change too, and thanks for reminding me of that.

Hyacynth said...

Just read Stephanie's and got teary, now I'm here and I'm teary. And WHY DO THEY GROW SO FAST?! I'm feeling you on this one so very much.

Jade @ Tasting Grace said...

Oh man, I'm loving this post AND the comments it generated. Lovely!

This Heavenly Life said...

I feel this EXACTLY, Melissa, but couldn't have said it as perfectly. The big kids are so big and it should be easy to notice. But it gets lost in the busyness, until that clear moment that it smacks you in the face.

Your last sentence makes me want to cry! And hug my big kids! And my baby! Waaaah!!