Zach’s cast comes off on Wednesday. Only two more days! How exciting is that?
At the risk of sounding like an absolutely despicable mother, I’m a little sad to see this end. Oh, I know last week I mentioned how the time seems to have flown for everyone but us. I talked about how difficult this has been and how we could hardly wait, but now that the end is so near, I have to say time is going by too quickly. It’s not that I want my son to remain bound; it’s just that I have treasured this time with just the two of us. I have relished these moments in which he is so vulnerable and sweet and welcoming my tender care.
Kids grow up in a blink. He turns six next month. Will these be my last days when he actually wants me to hold him? How many more times will I hear that tender voice ask me for help? How long until his independence replaces his desire to cuddle with Mama?
I’m being selfish, I know. And irrational. And maybe a touch too emotional.
Let me have my moment. Before you know it, I’ll get a whiff of those tiny, reeking toes and swing back to my impatience for freedom. In the meantime, here are two of my favorite quotes from my little man during this latest adventure in our lives.
“Mama, I wish you didn’t have to work so hard to take care of me.”
Oh, sweetheart, it is my deepest pleasure.
“Mama, I wish I were a grown up so that I could take care of you. When I get better and bigger, can I take care of you? Please?”
You can count on it. I’m recording this here and now, just in case you forget.