These Moments are Fleeting- What I’ve Learned After Three Kids

This post is sponsored by Everywhere Agency on behalf of Carter’s; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

It’s been quite an exciting month here. Ada lost her first tooth. Wes just had his first two teeth pop through. Last week Ada still needed my help getting dressed and this week she asked me to take her to pick out clothes. Now she wants to dress herself. Greyson wants to clean his own face, brush his own teeth and because she wants to dress herself, he now does too. We took the push bar off of his trike and he wants to ride it like a big boy. He’s trying to learn to use the pedals by watching Ada ride her bike. Don’t let me forget to mention the fact that she’s been asking us to take her training wheels off.

 

I photographed a friends birth this weekend and in that moment, I could vividly remember each special moment with each one of my three children. I bet you can do it too, right? You can close your eyes and picture the moment you first met your babies. Time is fleeting. How does it go so quickly?

I can’t believe it’s been 8 months since I met my last baby. I feel like the days are going faster than I can keep up with! There isn’t anything we can do to slow down time, but what I’ve decided I CAN do is be more present in every moment.

There are so many firsts and lasts that we witness during this journey of parenting. First tooth growing in, first tooth falling out. The first word, the “always needing to have the last word”. First time trying to ride a bike, first time falling off and getting back on. You get it. I have decided to make all of those moments as important as they are, but also the every day moments. The 10th picture they’ve made me that day goes up on the fridge, the stories they’ve told me for the third time is still as funny, the movie we have seen many times over is still exciting. Every chance to hold hands, to jump in puddles or to snuggle on the couch- they are all special. I will admit, being a stay at home mom can be exhausting, there are moments where I am so deliriously tired- but this new train of thought has made me feel like a better mom. This new perspective has given me a new kind of energy and excitement for every day. I was thinking about these milestones we are seeing recently with Wes as something sad- my last baby’s  first tooth, etc- rather than being excited about these milestones!

Wes can roll over! He has two tiny little teeth and two more on the way! He says “Dada”, he can sit up by himself, and is trying foods for the first time. He’s just about sleeping through the night, too which is extra exciting for this momma! It’s something new everyday, and y’all, it’s exciting! I’m so overwhelmed with joy and pride for all of my smiley baby’s “firsts”, even though they are my “lasts”.

As I go back through photos and reminisce on the last months, I noticed a trend, happy moments with my family. Another thing I noticed, the kids were wearing Carter’s in a lot of the photos! Even Ada as a baby was wearing Carter’s in photos. Isn’t it wonderful to find brands you love, that you still love three kids later? Not only that, but at this time in our lives, I can go to Carter’s and find clothing for Ada (5), Grey (2), and Wes (8mo). As a big and busy family, one stop shopping makes our days that much better! Carter’s just shared a new video, its incredibly inspiring. It’s about how they are “with you from the start” and it couldn’t be more true. My going home outfits for all three babies were from Carters, and so many firsts have been celebrated while they wore Carter’s!

What are some of your favorite firsts? What are some of your child’s biggest milestones?

I want to hear it all- because what I’ve learned on this journey thus far is that every single day of childhood is a day worth celebrating!

 

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