Skip to main content

Shifting Seasons

Baby L is now Little L.  Rolling progressed into crawling that has now become wild running.  Receiving blankets are no longer a staple for going out, but good shoes definitely are.

And so, as the spring turns to summer, our life season is also in transition...again. 

The first giant Rubbermaid bin of outgrown baby clothes has gone down into storage.  So, too, has the first stroller, the first car seat, and the Exersaucer.  Toys that were once "must brings" in the diaper bag have long since been loaned out or packed away for a possible future baby.  Old and expired baby food has been tossed in favour of toddler snacks and grown-up food.  Soon, the baby bottles will also get stored, and the remaining bottles of formula will either be donated or used up. 

It's like the end of an era, which is really really odd, considering that a year ago, I couldn't even imagine that the fog would clear; it was inconceivable that today my baby would be exceeding maximum weight limits on some of her baby furniture, and that I'd be looking at buying little tables and chairs to replace Pack n' Plays.

But I guess that is why they say to enjoy the time, because the long days quickly give way to short months and years.

I'm feeling a little bit nostalgic about all of this transition, much like anyone rummaging through long-forgotten treasures in dusty cardboard boxes.  What if I won't need any of this stuff again? What if I do? It seems so crazy to think that so much money and time was spent investigating and buying items with such limited use, not that I regret doing so.  I just am shocked at how quickly Little L "outgrows" things, both physically and developmentally.  I'm even considering storing away some of her "baby" books, now that she has graduated into Mr. Men/Berenstain Bears territory, and no longer finds the wordless books appealing.

I guess I have some "big feelings" that I'm not sure what to do with, either.  :/ And though I love entering this new season, full of life and laughter and learning, I am admittedly a little sentimental about how short the last one turned out to be.  The sleepless nights were hard, as were the clingy days, but how quickly the rain and the haze have brought forth the flowers' bloom. 

But just as the first season of caring for a baby was fleeting, so too will toddlerhood be.  Therefore, much as I want to dwell in the wistful places, I have to remind myself to return to the present, and to enjoy these brief summer days before they, too, give way to another time and another chapter in my parenting journal.

May we all learn to live in the moment, taking in the sunshine of today and basking in its warmth.  And may we see many more seasons come and go before we exit this mortal plane.


Andrea F said…
I just wrote a blog post about the end of our babyhood. I am finding it bitter sweet, like most parenting journey transitions.

Popular posts from this blog

Gone with the FLLO - Traveling with the Clek FLLO

In previous posts, I've already detailed the awesomeness of Clek's FLLO seat, so no need for redundancy here. The true test of its greatness lies in how well it travels, since it is meant to be a "compact" and more portable version of the gargantuan FOONF.

Now, to be clear, we purchased a Clek WEELEE bag to transport our car seat on our flight to and from Maui, *and* we checked our car seat with our airline, which I know is a big CPS Tech no-no. They argue that any car seat that has been checked is as good as crashed, because the potential rough handling of the seat by the carrier compromises its integrity and could damage it internally. My experience (now that I've done it) is this:

a) The Weelee bag is very well padded and sturdy. Once I had the seat properly placed inside the bag, I felt that it was as good as any seat in a styrofoam-packaged box. The bonus, of course, is that unlike a box, the Weelee has a telescopic handle and deeply-grooved, rugged wheels, …

Outgrow. Outlast. - The Finale of Our BF Journey

To be completely honest, I almost didn't write this post. While I'm usually fairly open about my opinions and parenting choices, I've held this one pretty close to the vest in recent years, because it is a more controversial - and personal- decision than most others. Sadly, it is one that many Western mothers are also unfairly judged for, despite it being completely natural in many other parts of our world.

The choice: full-term, aka "extended," breastfeeding. Little L and I chose to continue our nursing journey beyond age 2, and 3, and even 4. In fact, we only weaned a couple of weeks ago. We had already stopped nursing in public and nursing on demand several years earlier, but it was only recently that Little L was ready to completely wean from her nighttime and early morning sessions; she had finally outgrown her need to drink from my milk. The most clear signs of this were her growing desire for "privacy" and alone time, and her "nye-nye"

An Eyeliner Switcheroo

For the past several years, I've been a very loyal Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Eye Liner fan. I mean, I use the stuff every single day, and I like to do dramatic wings on my eyes, so I need a quality eyeliner that is high pigment, won't smear, and has an amazing fine-tipped brush that will let me draw my eyeliner wings to a very long, dramatic tip. My standards are exacting when it comes to liquid liner. 

That said, my wallet hates me for it. Those amazing liners cost $30 a pop, and they only last a couple of months at the rate that I use them. 
So, as any responsible adult tries to do, I've attempted to save money and find a cheaper alternative. I've used all sorts of liners sent by IPSY, or bought at my local drugstore. Unfortunately, every attempt I've made has resulted in great regret. The brush applicator was too wide or too short. The eyeliner smudged too easily. The pigment wasn't dark enough. You get the idea.
However, I think I've finally found m…