It started off like any other trip to the grocery store.
I began in the produce section and grabbed fruits and vegetables for the week.
Then I headed to the lunch meat counter, ordered cheese and turkey and picked up some pizza dough for dinner.
I continued on my way, when it hit me like a ton of bricks.
I felt like I was punched in the stomach.
I wasn’t sure why until I looked up.
I was standing in front of the baby aisle.
Right then I realized I’ve outgrown this aisle and I had to catch my breath.
I remember the days when I had an infant sitting in a car seat in the back of the food cart and a toddler sitting in front.
With one hand I’d check the different baby foods to compare the ingredients and with the other hand I’d keep feeding my toddler snacks to keep him happy.
I would throw in some diapers and baby wash as my little one made raspberries and my toddler cried to get out of the cart.
I felt exhausted with lack of sleep and stressed to get out of the store before my toddler had a complete meltdown.
Everyone said, “Enjoy these moments because before you know it they’ll be grown.”
I’d laugh to myself and think, ‘how can I enjoy it when I can’t even get a shower by myself?’
Now my kids are six and three and I wish I could go back to when they were babies.
It’s true they do grow fast.
Instead of playing peek-a-boo, we are going on bike rides and playing soccer outside.
Instead of rocking them to sleep, we cuddle in bed talking about our day.
Inside of giving them baths, they like to take showers.
Instead of worrying about getting nutritional food into them, I now worry if they are ok when I’m not with them.
Parenting is an evolution that we all go through.
I’m mourning the baby days but looking forward to the exciting adventures we have ahead of us.
Were you sad when you outgrew the baby aisle?