I just read the following piece on one of my favourite blogs http://kellyraeroberts.blogspot.com/. It is written as part of a guest post by her friend Katherine Center and is about parting with the baby gear as your baby is growing up. It really hit home with me at the moment!
".... Here is a little piece of us. The baby boy who gazed up with the deepest amber eyes, and the mama who was absolutely besieged by sleep deprivation and worry and joy and love. There were times I was so tired, or frightened, or frustrated, I didn’t think I’d make it to the next hour. And, of course, you can’t even imagine the magnitude of love you’ll feel before your baby comes to you. It absolutely flattens you. It humbles, and destroys, and rips you into a million pieces.
That’s why baby things become so precious. They know who we were in our tenderest moments. When you finally put yourself back together, your baby won’t be a baby anymore. And you won’t be the person you remember. You will have become someone else—someone greater than yourself. Someone wiser, nobler, and infinitely more brave.
And after that happens, even as good as it is, every now and then you will wish like anything that you could bundle up the little person who started it all, and whisper over and over words that won’t mean anything to him until some distant future when he himself arrives in your same shoes: Thank you. Thank you. Thank you."
Given that my beautiful boy, now a man is having a bit of a tough time at the moment, I just need to tell you and him that this is what he means to me. Adrian, a Mum could never be more proud or love you more. XXXX