In the spirit of Children’s Day (yesterday, 20th of November) Pampers and I have partnered up to treat 2 moms with a prize from Pampers. But before I get ahead of myself, yesterday I decided to reflect on the impact my children have had on my life and why I choose to celebrate them every day.
It’s so odd how right from the minute they start growing in our bellies, children start changing and modeling our lives. Their tiny little hands grab onto our heartstrings and their smiles bring meaning to our days. As they grow from a cuddly little baby, snuggled in our arms, to a crawling, then walking, and then a running toddler, they constantly remind us to take a minute from our days to enjoy the smaller things.
I remember when Axl was only about 3 months old, we were lying outside on a picnic blanket. He and I both stared up at the sky, watching the leaves in the tree above us gently blow, and then a screech of pure delight came from his belly – the wind had tickled his neck, and he found this beyond entertaining. It was at this moment that I realized how beautiful the innocence of a child is. Here, you and I are worrying about what’s to come, with the fears of tomorrow but he, he just found the beauty of the wind blowing.
My little lady bug miracle that’s growing in my belly, has already started to teach me to be so grateful for this life that I lead. About 2 months before conceiving, I was just a ball of anxiety and stress. Going to the gym was my therapy and very often, I’d find myself in tears for no reason. I was working too hard, sleeping too little and I had no time to spend with my family. But falling pregnant meant that I had to remind myself to start taking things slower, I felt less guilty about taking a nap or missing a blog post that I had planned for today. When morning sickness hit me, I still tried to push and work harder but eventually, I just couldn’t and instead of fighting it, I found myself soaking up kid’s movies with Axl, enjoying crosswords, reading Pregnancy magazines and learning to just be.
My kids don’t know it yet, but they have had such an incredibly huge impact on mine and their dad’s lives. I love putting up the Christmas Tree, just to see Axl clap and get excited over the lights. I enjoy when Axl gets excited to point out all the cows on the drive home, even if he repeats himself a hundred times. I live for the innocence of water balloon fights and Axl’s pure delight when he remembers that I bought us a chocolate for after dinner. And now, he has a sibling on the way, and I get to enjoy his excitement over the “BABY” in my belly and how he sings to it and rubs my belly as if he has an open line to his brother or sister, and they already have an unbreakable bond.
So yes, the sleepless nights, the toddler tantrums, the teenage hormones and then, them eventually leaving home are all milestones that we dread but in between those big things are these little moments and one day, you’ll look back and realize the smaller moments are the ones that they will grow up treasuring. So switch off your phone, you don’t have to capture every single moment for a perfectly curated Instagram, get your hands dirty, paint something, draw hopscotch in the driveway, build a sandcastle and celebrate this moment, after all – every day is Children’s Day.
Pampers is giving 2 people the chance to win a pack of Pampers nappies and one pack of wipes. All you need to do is post a picture of the product range that you use from Pampers, on my Facebook page tagging Pampers (PampersSA). (P.S. Remember that if you don’t tag Pampers, you won’t qualify to win!). Entries close next week, and 2 winners will be announced on my Facebook Page.