Cherish. Every. Moment.
You get used to hearing it as a new parent. Usually accompanied with a “they’ll be gone before you know it” or “they grow up way too fast”…. and it’s true. Oh how it’s true.
We’re a mere 4 months in to our twins’ life outside the womb, and we feel the weight of that already. Earlier today I was talking with a friend about her 7 week old, trying to remember sleep patterns and playtime activities for ours at that age and I realized how much those early weeks have already blended together. Maybe from lack of sleep, or maybe because there’s just so much new already. But either way… it’s already passing by quicker than I’d like.
So, it’s true, new mom and new dad… cherish every moment.
Cherish the firsts… the coos, the rolling over, the walking and talking.
And cherish the times when your baby plays blissfully on his playmat allowing you to finish all the dishes and laundry and not just turn the water on.
Cherish the times you make it through the day without having to change your own outfit 3 times as well as the baby’s.
Cherish your first full night of sleep in over a month.
Sit back and take it all in, share your joy with a friend, write it down so you don’t forget it, because it’s true…. it will all be gone before you know it.
But do more than that. Do what doesn’t come naturally or easily. Don’t just cherish the good and the easy moments.
Cherish every single one.
The blowouts and the spit up.
The loads of laundry and double dishes.
The cold suppers and the extra hot lattes.
The tighter outfits and the looser schedules.
The ‘I’m not sleepy’ nights and the ‘I just want to be held’ days.
Cherish those too.
Do it for that little one who is learning by watching your every move.
Do it for the husband you vowed to conquer this parenting journey alongside.
Do it for the mom you have a new found appreciation for.
Do it for your infertile friend who longs to be in your shoes.
Or for the mom who just lost her child and wants all those moments back.
But more than anything, do it for the Lord your God who has entrusted you with a baby made in His own image. To love and to care for and to train up in godliness. The God who formed this child in your womb and by his grace has allowed her to live each new day since. The God who knows each temptation you face on those difficult days, but is without sin. The God who sees your every thought and deed and still sent his Son to clothe you in His righteousness. The God who is using this child to train you just as much as he’s using you to train your child. Do it for Him.
Cherish every moment. Every. Single. One.