Far Too Brief

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For 10 years and 7 days I have been a mother. For all of that time I have been a stay-at-home mum and have watched both of my boys grow. When I was pregnant people told me to cherish them while they're young. They warned me that the time would fly by and before I knew it they'd be grown. They were right.

Last Friday we celebrated Big Prince's 10th birthday and I'm stunned by how quick that 10 years went. It seems only yesterday I was laid in a hospital bed, in agony, wishing he would hurry up and arrive. When he finally did my body was flooded with love as I looked into his gorgeous blue eyes. The following few weeks were hard, I was learning and I struggled with being a mum. I'd never done it before.

Once we'd settled into a good routine I became more relaxed and enjoyed being BP's mum. I often paraded him around the local park with a giant smile on my face. I didn't pay attention at the time but the months flew by and I remember having to buy new clothes every few weeks. I recall dressing him in his first Tigger outfit when he was a few months old but he only wore it a couple of times before it was too small.

The milestones came fast; swapping from the moses basket to the cot, potty training, school. Before I knew it my little prince had become Big Prince. I have so many old photos of BP where he's smiling or playing with his soft toys and I wonder... where did that time go?

I blinked and my first born boy turned into a tween. He stomps about the house being grumpy, he doesn't like being told to do work (homework or chores) and he answers back, all the time. I know this time will pass (although it may be a while) and hopefully he'll come out the other side. I'm just clinging to the memories of my beautiful baby boy - a time that was far too brief.

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  1. I know what you mean - my eldest recently turned seven and I can't quite get my head around him being that old! Sometimes I feel I'm going to blink and they'll have all left home. I guess all we can do is try to make the most of the time we have! Lovely, heartfelt post. X #theprompt

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    1. Thanks Maddy. It is amazing how fast time seems to fly - I am totally dreading the leaving home. :( I am spending as much time as I can with my boys! xx

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  2. My eldest is turning 5 and starting school in two weeks time! I can imagine looking at him in another five years though, just like you and missing all of this cuteness and innocence. It really is all too brief isn't it? X #theprompt

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    1. Big days ahead for you then! This is such a big step, my youngest (also 5) started full time school a year ago and is about to enter Year 1. He's looking forward to it so much because he's now a big boy! You're right though, that cuteness and innocence doesn't last long. Take advantage of it while you can. :) Thanks for stopping by. xx

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  3. What a lovely post - time really does go quickly doesn't it?

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    1. Thank you Cate. It really does - I'm dreading the next step in Big Prince's life... High School. That'll be next September and then there'll be big changes I'm sure. Just need to take advantage of his better moods while I can. :) Thank you for stopping by. xx

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  4. Cherishing that time when they are little is so important, my eldest is about to turn 20, (the age I was when he was born) so trust me those next ten years will fly just as quickly x

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    1. Gosh, 20? I can't even imagine what Big Prince is going to be like when he's 20. More to the point I'll be that much older too! ;)

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  5. I've been feeling a bit like this since my eldest turned five... blink and it'll be baby boy going off to school!! #ThePrompt

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    1. Oh totally! Although those stressy days can get to you sometimes you have to take advantage of them being babies because it will be gone before you know it. My youngest is 5 and starting Year 1 next week - I'll be celebrating his 10th birthday the next time I blink I'm sure! Thank you for stopping by. xx

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  6. My eldest turns five at the end of the week and she's learned the fine art of answering back already. It goes too fast! x

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    1. Oh yes the answering back - my youngest is learning from his older brother and getting better at it all the time! I'm totally dreading his 10th birthday! As for Big Prince, I think he's testing what he can get away with and he's finding out that it's not much! Sometimes I just sit and remember his little baby hands and the giggles that used to come from his room at 6am! Such a simpler time. ;)

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  7. It does go very quickly, m eldest is 14 now so I've got the full blown teen strops to deal with but even this time is important to cherish as it will not come again x

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    1. It's all about watching them grow into well-rounded adults isn't it? Maybe guiding them along the way and hoping they'll listen. You're so right though Gailann, cherish every bit of it. Thank you for stopping by. xx

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  8. So very true, it goes far too quickly. I wrote last week about tying to hold on to memories, and how blogging is helping me with that, at least we will be able to look back at photos, and then blog posts, to keep those memories safe. My oldest is now eight, and the tween years are firmly in sight, in fact pretty much here! Thanks so much for linking to #ThePrompt, so lovely to have you join in x Sorry for the delay in commenting/sharing, but we had a wonderful time in New York :)

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    1. I love New York! Glad to hear you had a wonderful time. You're right about keeping those memories through blogging - I never thought of it like that. When BP was 8 I thought he was already into the tween stage, it goes slow for a couple of years and then it well and truly hits! Strops like you've never seen and lots and lots of grumpy looking faces. But it's all part of growing up and we need to cherish it all. Thanks for stopping by and thank you for inviting me to take part in #ThePrompt. Love it. xx

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  9. Aww, happy 10th birthday to your grumpy stomper ;). I know what you mean! My eldest is 8 and the mood swings are starting and I keep asking myself where the years have gone. :)

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    1. Thank you Celeste. Those mood swings only get worse! I'm sure he'll grow out of it eventually. :)
      Sorry for taking so long to reply, I've been working on blog design for about two weeks and it's been taking up the majority of my time. As well as the kids being off school of course. But I'm back at it now and the kids are back to school on Wednesday! Yay! :)

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