Well, the day has finally come for my sweet little girl to start dance! I’m so excited for her, but I can’t believe she is actually old enough for this! I swear I just gave birth to her yesterday. I know everyone tells you that once you have kids the time flies by, but nothing can prepare you for the true light speed you experience. Somehow those days become months and years so fast that...
it seems like one big blur. I know I only have a three year old, but where did those 3 years go? It’s bittersweet. I know I can’t keep her little forever, but does it have to go so fast?
As we walked into to her first dance class today, I was a little nervous. Will she like it? Will she make friends? Will it be everything she hoped it would be? It was quite humorous standing among the first time dance mommies all huddled around the one small window, just trying to catch a peek at our little girls. With each move I watched as she came alive with excitement. I couldn’t help but smile. Whether this is the beginning of something she continues for years to come, or it’s a one-time thing, all I want is for her to be happy.
I’m partially excited about dance because this is an opportunity to spend quality time with her. I’m going to be taking her and staying to watch her dance. Of course, we may have a few other fun outings before or after dance class. I think it’s important for both parents to spend one on one time with each child. It helps them feel special and like they are their own individual. While we’re having mommy and Paislee time, my husband will be having daddy and Emilee time. The wheels are already turning for some daddy/daughter and mommy/daughter date ideas. I’ve always loved this thought. Any ideas you have are welcomed and appreciated!
Sometimes I find myself questioning if I’m really savoring these moments the way I should. She won’t always want to play with mommy or help mommy fold laundry. In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, do I really stop and give her my undivided attention? One day in the near future that sweet little girl, the reason I became a mommy, will walk into her first day of school. No longer will we get to spend all day together. No longer will I be the biggest influence in her life. No longer can I shelter her from the cruelty of the world.
I can tell you, today for one hour she had my undivided attention. I couldn’t take my eyes off of her. Every time she looked around to make sure I was still there, I just waved. Each twirl and smile reassured me that letting her take dance was the right decision. I’m so proud of my little ballerina! Each week I get to look forward to watching her just be happy. This is time well spent!
If I’ve learned anything, it’s that time is one thing that you can never get back! We’re all guilty of wishing away the days…looking forward to something that has yet to come. A lot of times we are missing what’s in the moment. Whether it’s simple day-to-day life, or those special “ballerina moments”, soak it all up! In the blink of an eye, tomorrow will be yesterday.