Parenting A Five Year Old. How To Hold On To Your “Baby” While Encouraging Their Growth
Holding on while letting go can be tough for us moms. I’m so thankful to Dreft for sponsoring this post so I can share how I’m trying to best balance helping my little one grow, and still keeping her my little baby.
My little one is my baby and she always will be.
At five years old we still call her the baby. I don’t think that will ever change since we called her older sister the baby till she was eight, or in other words the day the new baby was born. I have always struggled with finding the right mix of holding on, while letting go of the girls. I mean some days I feel like celebrating that I can finally sleep through the night and not have to carry a diaper bag everywhere. And then other days I can’t believe she is five. I mean five might as well as be fifty to me because they both mean she is not a baby.
But on my better days I know that I’m doing alright and that growing up is a good thing.
I look back at pictures and her “baby days” seem so far away and yet so close at the same time. And trying to imagine what we did before she joined our family might as well be me imagining a trip to the bathroom by myself, (which I am still waiting to happen 15 years after I became a mom for the first time).
And although the benefits of having an older child (hello no middle of the night desperate pacifier searches) are great and all, some days I’d rather sit back and remember the good ‘ole days when all it took to make her happy was me holding her. The baby memories come out of nowhere for me and they can be triggered by all sorts of things. From a new milestone in her development, like how she just learned to read (which should be really awesome except it also means I can’t spell things to Pete anymore, but I mean it is really awesome!) to the baby smell that we all love!
Once I am under the captivating baby smell the memories come flooding back and they warm my heart as I travel back in time.
And that it totally okay with me! I don’t miss having a baby at home as much as I miss her being a baby. It’s just such a special time that it’s hard to even explain or understand, unless you too are a mom. And if you are a mom, then you totally get how captivating that baby scent is which is why I’m pretty excited about Dreft Blissfuls In Wash Scent Boosters. They provide long lasting baby fresh scent that I can wash into her clothes!
Because, who doesn’t love and want more baby scent in their life?
I know I do! I want to smell that sweet smell and have those memories come flooding back all the time! And I’m going to enjoy the memories that make me get teary eyed just as much as the one of her destroying my office with all her building blocks, because that is what babies do and even then I knew that I would look back on those memories and laugh!
Isn't this what life and parenting is all about anyways? Having fun and making memories?
Sock gloves optional.
And so I’m going to live every moment with joy and cherish those memories while holding on to my “baby” and encouraging her to grow up.
But you all know I’ll be stocking up on Dreft Blissfuls because she is only a baby for one year, and Dreft Blissfuls can bring back that amazing baby fresh scent (and all those memories) whenever I want.