When changes happen right under our nose sometimes they are hard to see unless we really look. Like grains of sands moved on the beach by the tide, if we watched for one hour it would be hard to see any changes, after four hours the same, after two days maybe a little, after a month maybe more. Our daily life can be like watching the sand for an hour, change is happening all around us but unless we stop and look we don't see it.
When my eldest was born I well remember folks saying to me treasure every day as they grow up fast, well it is quite fast but if we forget to pause and look we will miss it all. It is one thing to be present with your children and spend quality time with them but it is another to reflect on what they can do today that they could not do yesterday or last week.
I have more time nowadays. I have not added any hours to my day I am just using it as wisely as possible but I also have more time as my children have changed, they want and need time on their own engaging in their own individual play. There has been a gradual slow transition to this state, so gradual that it is only when I was talking to a friend about what I had been making recently that I realised how much I had had time to make, this time a year ago that time would have been utilised differently.
Perhaps I should write it down, what it is they do now so I can look back in the future but then would I read it. Would I rather be using the time in the future for other things. Do you keep records of what your children do, write down conversations or do you just reflect every now and then on the wonderful changes that slowly take place?