Friday, February 1, 2013

I Don't Want to Forget This Moment

There are moments in motherhood that you wish you could just bottle up and save forever. 
This week held one of those moments.
It had been a hard day. Nicholas wasn't shy in showing off his tantrum throwing skills, and I was at a loss for how to handle it. I'm still learning what to do with his toddler 'tude, seeing as moms learn right alongside their kids during every new phase. (That's right, moms don't know everything! :) )

I had read earlier in the week about a mom having "music time" with her toddler, and so I decided to turn on Pandora. I typed "Toddler" in the search bar, and waited for what would come up. The music came on, and with it came the sweetest (and non-cheesy-est) version of "You Are My Sunshine" that I'd ever heard. (You should probably pause your music, and turn on the little music player at the bottom of this post, to get the full effect :) )

I picked up my sad, frustrated boy, and we began to sway to the music. His little body started to relax, and he rested his head on my shoulder. We listened and swayed in my kitchen for several minutes, letting the sweet, soft music fill our ears and calm our hearts. My big ol' toddler boy was my tiny baby again, nestled into my neck and secure in my arms.

If I could freeze a moment in time, that would be the moment. 

Our little slow dance in my kitchen reminded me that my job as a mom isn't just to field tantrums or get Nicholas through the day alive. If I step back and look at parenting with a bigger perspective, my role is to build Godly character into my son. Through my words, my actions, my prayers, my discipline, my silly songs and my cuddles. What a privilege, and what a responsibility.

I'm so grateful for sweet moments like these, and for a God who has a wonderful plan for Nicholas' life.

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If you're looking for music to listen to with your kids (and if you want to cry :) ), Elizabeth Mitchell's Grooveshark or Pandora stations are incredible. It's sweet, fun, and a little bit folk-ish.
(And no, this is NOT a product endorsement - I just love her music.)
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5 comments:

  1. You made me cry. I remember the days of swaying and snuggling with my little babies. They are so grown now. They are only so little once. I miss it so much.

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  2. stephanie @lifecreatedFebruary 1, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    Love it!...he is getting so big!

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  3. We are absolutely addicted to Elizabeth Mitchell at our house! All of Laurie Berkner's stuff is wonderful as well, and slightly more upbeat. We also love the CD "The Rhythym Train" with Dick Van Dyke for slightly older kiddos. Dancing together is part of our everyday routine and some of my absolute favorite Mommy moments too.

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  4. What a sweet moment! and I love elisabeth mitchell's music it is commonly on repeat during playtime in our home!

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  5. Yep, this made me cry! I love dancing around my kitchen with my 16 month old son! I had a moment like this just last night. Max has been sleeping through the night since he was about 4 months old but last night his teeth must have been bothering him and he could not fall asleep. So I got to rock by big boy to sleep and I remembered all those hard night when he was a newborn and thought about how much I missed being able to hold him like that.
    You are such a sweet mama, love your blog=)

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