My six week old second cousin visited the other day. It was my first time holding and feeding a baby. A lot parents love doing this, but I didn't like it at all. It made me wonder what stage of your child's life have you most enjoyed or are looking most forward to? Is it as a baby, toddler, young child, pre-teen, teenager, or when they are finally all grown up? What is it that you like about that stage?
For a long time we thought we would never be parents, so now that we are, I treasure each and every stage. I still look at him and marvel that he is my child and that I am this blessed to be experiencing parenthood. Every stage is different and has its ups and downs but all are equally precious.
You might feel differently if it was your own baby. I wasn't fussed about babies when I was younger myself. I never quite knew what to do with them.
It's hard to say so far since my kids are still young. The early days were difficult, especially with my first child, but there were moments about it that were magic too. I do love the total trust in their eyes when they look at you, and breastfeeding has been, for the most part, a wonderful experience for me. However, it's great now that my eldest is a bit more independent and can do more for herself, and I like being able to have a conversation with her and watch her draw or dance. It will be interesting to see what kind of people they grow up to be.
All of it has been wonderful for me,with all three of my boys.
We have had some very hard times indeed....but I count it all part of life.
They were a handful at 2 years running around, that was a very busy time.
But, it go's very quickly so one has to enjoy it all, for the time given.
Now, is very nice as they are all grown men, and I can have great conversations with them, but even that time is limited.So I make to most now of every minute with them.
It all went by far too quickly.
I have enjoyed all the stages of my children's childhood, with the difficult parts as well (such as sleepless nights, etc.). I have enjoyed their baby stage the most when I could fit them in my lap with ease and they would coo for me any time they were awake! :)
I am enjoying their stages now as well as they grow into their own personalities. It's watching the fruits of your labor.
Fortunately I do not have children, but if I did, I would be looking forward to the point when they became adults. That way they could look after themselves, we could have grown-up interaction, and they might care for me in later life.
I've loved every stage of being a mother. Before I had my daughter I'd had very little to do with babies, so it was a real learning curve, but one that came very naturally with me. When she was a pre-schooler, she used to crack me up with the funny things she'd do...silly little songs and dances, cute sayings and her playfulness, and as she reached primary school age and early high school years, we'd spend a lot of time doing educational activities and excursions, as well as family camping trips all over Australia. I've got of beautiful memories of those times. I even home educated her for a few years, both in primary and high school, and that was very helpful for our relationship.
Now Kalindi is 22 (almost 23), at uni and still at home. Even though she's all grown up and has her own life and interests, I still feel very maternal towards her. It's definitely a very different relationship to when she was little but life is full of changes, and I've learnt to go with that.
I've loved every bit of being a Mum but probably had the most fun with the kids when they were toddlers. - life was simple and carefree. That said, I love them as adults and we are now not just family, but they are my friends too.
I loved the baby stage, although challenging at the time, babyhood goes by so fast. Also toddlers are wonderful. They are learning so much all the time and are just filled with awe for life. My eldest children are now teens and gosh it's different! Really tricky! I'm enjoying my youngest who is 8, as I know the time passes so quickly.
My kids are still quite small. The oldest is 3yrs old and the youngest is 2 yrs old. The youngest is quite cute but I really enjoy the stage that they are right now. And whenever I see a transition to another stage then that stage becomes my new favorite.