Babies Don't Keep

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

The cleaning and scrubbing can wait till tomorrow 
for children grow up, as I've learned with great sorrow.
 So quiet down cobwebs, dust go to sleep.
 I'm rocking my baby, and babies don't keep. 

This morning I reorganized Kenzie's dresser because she's officially fitting into her 0-3 month clothes (update: since I wrote this post she is now in 3-6 month clothing. NO, you're cry). I tucked away all of her preemie outfits that we had to buy when she didn't fit into any of her newborn clothes in her first week, and I packed up all of her newborn clothes that we can't quite squeeze her into anymore.

It took just about everything in me not to cry while I folded all her teeny tiny onesies and put them into a bin in her closet. I had every intention of finishing up her clothes, then tackling the pile of dishes in the sink and folding the overflowing basket of laundry that we seem to be unable to keep up with lately. But when I finished putting everything away, I just had to stop and hold her.

At the time, she was tired and fussy and couldn't find a comfortable position. But I held her in close and took advantage of this time when she needed me, and me alone.

There will always be more dishes in the sink, and another time to take care of them. There will most definitely always be laundry and whether I do it today, or wait for another day, the truth is it doesn't really matter.

What does matter is that our babies won't be small forever. They will never be as little as they are right now and so when I'm faced with an overly full list of chores (that seems to grow everyday) or the chance to rock my baby, there's no question which I'm going to choose.

Babies don't keep, so stop what you're doing and go love on yours.

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  1. I am staring at my daughter on the monitor while she sleeps and I want to go get her and love on her now. They really are amazing little things.

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