A friend shared this lovely piece of work with me…

And I have just 3 things to say…Beautiful, beautiful and beautiful…

 

The last time
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From the moment you hold your baby in your arms,

you will never be the same. 

You might long for the person you were before,

When you had freedom and time,

And nothing in particular to worry about.

You will know tiredness like you never knew before,

And days will run into days into days that will look exactly the same

Full of feedings and burping,

Nappy changes and crying,

Whining and fighting,

Naps or a lack of naps,

It might seem like a never ending cycle.

 

But don’t forget…

There is a last time for everything

There will come a time when you will feed

your baby for the very last time.

They will fall asleep on you after a long day

And it will be the last time you will ever hold your sleeping child.

One day you will carry them on your hip then set them down,

And never pick them up that way again.

You will scrub their hair in the bath one night

And from that day on they will want to bathe alone.

They will hold your hand to cross the road,

Then never reach for it again.

They will creep into your room at midnight for cuddles,

And it will be the last night you will even wake to this.

One afternoon you will sing “the wheels on the bus”

and do all the actions,

Then never sing then that song again.

They will kiss you goodbye at the school gate,

The next day they will ask to walk to the gate alone.

You will read a final bedtime story and wipe your last dirty face.

They will run to you with arms raised for the very last time. 

 

The thing is you wont even know it’s the last time

Until there are no more times. 

And even then it will take you a while to realize.

 

So while you are living in these times,

remember there are only so many of then

and when they are gone, you will yearn for just one more day of them.

For one last time. 

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Devishobha Chandramouli

Devishobha is the founder of Kidskintha- a global parenting and education collective, and the host of the global virtual conferences hosted on the platform. You can also find her voice on the Huffington Post, Mother.ly, Entrepreneur, Lifehack, TinyBuddha, Thought Catalog and many other publications.

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