baby boy becomes man

You look at your precious baby boy sweetly sleeping and feel like you could stare at him all day. You watch his every move. You smile when he smiles and try to solve whatever might make him cry. You want him to know how much you love him.

But then you blink.

And your baby boy becomes a man. He’s putting on his cap and gown, figuring out how to cope with the stress of last-minute projects, laughing deeply with friends, and excitedly planning his next moves out in the world.

baby boy becomes a man

You hear everybody say “It goes too fast!” and “Enjoy every moment!” and you nod your head and think you will make the most of it all. But you forget during the weeks of interrupted sleep, the agony of potty-training, the extreme busyness of toddlerhood, the discipline, the struggles of homework, all the teaching moments, the life-lessons of teenage years, and the testing of boundaries and becoming independent. You remind yourself to soak in the smiles, giggles, cuddles, kisses, accomplishments, homemade cards, and telling of stories. You want him to know how much you love him.

But then you blink.

And your baby boy becomes a man, with a voice you don’t recognize and opinions of his own. He’s confident, funny, independent, smart, mostly self-sufficient, and makes you proud.

baby boy becomes a man

You can’t go back and do it all over again, though you wish you could have just one day more with his heavy head on your shoulders or him asking you to snuggle, promising you that “it will be cozy.” As much as you would like to stop time for a while, you don’t really want him to stop becoming the man he’s supposed to be and you look forward to seeing where he’ll go and what adventures he’ll have. You decide to be in the present and fully appreciate the new memories made and the few precious moments he can spare between work and school and friends. You want him to know how much you love him.

But then you blink.

4 Comments on But Then You Blink and Your Baby Boy Becomes a Man

  1. Stop it. You’re gonna make me cry. 😢 This is so true. I know when my last graduates in 6 more years I’m going to be very sad, excited, anxious, etc. The transitions they go through seem to come on fast but they really don’t.
    I loved this my friend and I love your heart. 😊
    Hugs
    Kim

    • Thank you my friend! I know you get it! It isn’t so fast when you’re in it, but when you look back you can’t even comprehend how time has gone by so quickly. And it’s all so happy/sad. :)

  2. I remember the day my 1st child graduated. I thought my heart would fall out of my chest. It’s crazy how it all happens so fast. Best of luck to your son in wherever the road takes him in life.

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