You hear parents saying it a lot;
that time flies,
that children grow up fast.
But sometimes moments happen
and it seems like life flashed before your eyes.
It seems like only last week
we were giving our beautiful girl her very first bath.
She was like a tiny doll
lounged in her bath prop
feeling the warm water washing over her.
She was only five days old
and the world probably seemed like a big, cold, scary place.
She was so delicate and so teeny.
But now she's in a new bath seat
an upright bath seat
and I was suddenly struck by one of those moments
where I realise just how fast she's growing up.
As she sat up in the bath
grabbing for foam letters to chew on
and smiling at her brother
I was struck by how amazing that first year is
and how far babies come in that time.
She's nearly half way through her first year already
and as I watched her playing face to face with her big brother
I could imagine . . .
all the bath times yet to come.
I could see . . .
the time when she will be less baby and more toddler
and then less toddler and more little girl,
just like her brother before her.
I could envisage . . .
the times in the future
when they are real, true, proper play mates and friends.
I'm looking forward to those times,
but I really don't want to wish away that baby stage.
I love that she is growing up
and learning new things all the time.
But the baby bit is so fleeting,
and even more so with a second baby it would seem,
so I am determined to hold on to it and enjoy it.
I know that in a flash where we are right now
will seem like a million moons ago,
and I want to have enjoyed every second.