Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Small vs Big

My neighbors have a brand spanking new baby. I stopped over to drop off a gift on Saturday, and the baby was awake, so I got to see him. Oh my goodness, he was the cutest little thing I have seen in ages. I always forget how small babies are. He was a big, healthy 8 pound baby, but he looked itty bitty to me. His little feet were so tiny!

Then I came back home to my ginormous, talkative, super excited children. That really drove home how far we've come from the newborns days. And honestly, I am not sure I miss those days. Of course, a precious little baby is amazing. Truly, they are so beautiful and perfect and small. I love that! But new babies also cry a lot. And poop in their pants. And nurse approximately every 20 minutes. Older kids are definitely easier to manage. My kids can poop on the potty. They can dress themselves. They can feed themselves. They can express their needs without crying. It is really quite nice.

So although I have an overwhelming urge to cuddle my neighbors' new baby, I am also thankful for my big kids and all of their amazing self-help skills.

5 comments:

mamakalila said...

Awwww

I am so a baby person. I love that stage and it ends way too early (for me). Someday (hopefully far in the future) when it hits me my last has left it behind and will most likely be my last... there's prob gonna be some tears.

The big kids are pretty amazing though :-)

Carrie said...

I can't wait for Liv to hit the self-help stage. I want her to tell me what is wrong rather than screaming NO! at me.

Marni's Organized Mess said...

I look forward to the day I'm done. But it also makes me very sad...

Antropologa said...

Awwww, cute little babies that you don't have to take care of! The best kind!

Clare said...

i am glad we are getting farther and farther away from those newborn days, they are tough!!