“Time is a companion who reminds us to cherish every moment because it will never come again.”
My, my, what a difference a couple of days makes.
Just a few days ago, I was posting about how “under pressure” I felt in so many ways lately – from workouts, to my career, to my relationship, to my auntie duties – all of it felt like a ton of bricks on my shoulders.
I’m taking it all in. I’m cherishing the time I have with my niece while she and my sister are still living with me. I sense our time together is ticking to a stop soon and now I am holding onto every moment for dear life. Because these are moments I will never get back. I have SUCH a unique opportunity to bond with Isabel in a way that I never would have had the chance to do if Jen were home and none of this had ever happened. Not that I wish none of it did happen (because it involved a lot of pain and suffering for Jen), but I realize I’ve been given a gift. Once that I could never hope to return or repay.
I am so in love with Isabel – her little coos, the way she wraps her hand around my fingers when I feed her, the “happy baby” smile she gives me after she’s been fed, burped and changed, the look of joy in her eyes as she discovered she really did love that swing with the soothing music afterall.
All of it, I love all of it.
Even the poopy diaper I inadvertently stuck my finger into when throwing the trash away this morning. <ew> But relaying that story to Jen made her giggle and that made it worth it – because she’s smiling again. She’s healing, she’s discovering what being a mom is all about, and I get to be there to witness it.
I am so lucky.
It even dawned on me the other night when Jo spent the night to take over “baby duty” that this was one of the first times we were all sleeping under one roof since we were 24. Kind of cool – strangely comforting to know that all three of us were together, safe and sound.
I am cherishing these moments.
I will never get them back.
I am loving my auntie duties…and my sister duties.
I am lucky to have them in my lives. There is nothing better than the love of a sister…or the love of a niece for that matter.
And for the record – how can you not love this face?? I told her to “smile for auntie” and she stuck her tongue out at me. What do you s’pose that means?? 😉
Beautiful post friend! Glad you’re enjoying this family time 🙂
lovelovelove this. we really have s unique opportunity with Isabel and Jen during this time. I am glad we are both cherishing it now more than ever. She’s so freaking adorable and worth it.
It’s true – it might’ve taken us a slap of perspective to realize it but totally, TOTALLY worth every last second spent with her and Jen. Cannot wait for sister’s dinner tomorrow 🙂
I’m glad that you are enjoying time with your family, poopy diaper finger and all!
Poopy diaper finger – now THAT is love isn’t it?? 😉
Love this post girl. You are so lucky to have this time with your niece. It’s so special, so unique, and fleeting at the same time. I know you will cherish it always no matter how difficult it may have been. It’s worth it.
Seriously, you know just what I mean since you have little nieces and nephews of your own to love and spoil to pieces. Nothing really quite describes that feeling you know?
This post is great, your niece is a cutie. Time is so precious isn’t it, love looking back on some days and really appreciating the time I get to spend with family and friends. It’s weird isn’t it that we won’t have the time again but I suppose it just means that we have to appreciate each day. Hope you’re having a good weekend. Can’t wait for STS 1 to arrive from the video trade and would you believe I just splurged and bought STS 2 and 3!!
I know, time really is one of those gifts I think we ALL take for granted so when you do have a minute to really sit back and think about things, you realize just how lucky you are, how certain moments really do mean the world. Like all those moments with my niece. 🙂
On a side note – SO EXCITED that you splurged on STS!! I cannot wait for you to start it, you will LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!
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