The Days are Long…

by Mama Chocolate on September 25, 2012

“The days are long, but the years are short.”


I try to remember that quote during these days of constant toddler needs, sibling squabbles, potty training, middle-of-the-night feedings and diapers, diapers, and more diapers.

These days with three little people 3-years-old and under certainly can feel long to a sleep-deprived mama, but my word,  the years are short.

Looking at this photo, I can hardly believe that it’s already been over 3 years since our little Katie was a tiny baby.  I blinked, and now she’s acting the little mama to our third daughter.

So, today, I tossed out my mile-long to-do list, sat on the couch with my girls, and snuggled away the whole afternoon.

They’re growing up so fast, and I don’t want to miss it.

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Danielle @ We Have It All September 25, 2012 at 7:53 pm

Awww, I’ve never heard that saying before, but it is so so true. I love that! And that is a sweet photo!


Teresa September 25, 2012 at 8:42 pm

You are right to treasure these days. In many ways I wish I could have a do-over. <3


Amanda September 25, 2012 at 8:58 pm

I love that quote. I will have to remember it when baby #2 is here and I am trying to be superwoman!
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Mimi September 25, 2012 at 9:19 pm

So wonderful to be able to carve out those moments with our kids. Trust me, they really do grow up too fast! Enjoy these days!
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amy September 26, 2012 at 7:04 am

Time sure does go fast! Enjoy the snuggle time! It seems like yesterday my almost 6 yr old was born… Sigh, i wish i could go back to those days….
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Danielle H September 26, 2012 at 7:07 am

What a beautiful saying and so so true. And I know exactly what you mean… I can’t believe it’s been over four years since my oldest daughter was born and she is also a lil mama to the baby. I wish there was a way to slow down time, but until there is I will just enjoy each and every moment I get with these precious girls.
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Whitney Jordan September 26, 2012 at 7:44 am

I think you did right tossing out the to-do list! It reminded me of this:

The cleaning and scrubbing can wait till tomorrow, But children grow up as I’ve learned to my sorrow. So quiet down cobwebs; Dust go to sleep! I’m rocking my baby and babies don’t keep. – Ruth Hulbert Hamilton
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Kay M. September 26, 2012 at 8:05 am

Good for you. When the soul is satisfied, sleep is not such a huge thing. Treasure the moments while you can, for soon, you’ll be worrying where they are, how they are, and who they are becoming!
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Tess September 26, 2012 at 9:14 am

so precious….yepp- throw away the list :)


Bobbie (aka Rebelle ) September 26, 2012 at 11:21 am

That is such a sweet picture. I wish mine were that little again. They are 14 and 13. It seems the days just flew by and I don’t know where they went. Soon they will be off to college. Sigh, enjoy them now :)
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Laura September 26, 2012 at 12:09 pm

I love that quote. It is so true! I cannot believe how time flies. Adorable picture by the way.
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Melinda @ Mom on the Make October 1, 2012 at 12:27 pm

I’ve heard this saying as well, and its totally true. My kids are now 10, 8 and 4. When my kids were babies, people would tell me that the newborn/toddler stages go by so fast and to enjoy every moment. I did NOT think they were going fast at the time. Looking back, it was definitely because of sleep deprivation that the days seemed endless. :)

But, now that my oldest daughter is almost 11, she’s a tween!! It has zoomed by like the speed of light. Those people were right. So, like you, I try to enjoy the little moments with my kids every day and treasure them.


Sarah Jane October 2, 2012 at 5:46 pm

I only have one child, but even I will have to remember this quote-especially, when I’m wishing my 2 year old daughter will mature. I need to treasure her where she’s at right now.
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Christine November 8, 2012 at 7:56 pm

Someone said this — I forget who — about parenthood, but it’s true of life as well. It’s hard to believe it but this year is drawing to a close.


Sonya Morris November 12, 2012 at 7:37 am

My oldest girl is almost 17 and it is amazing how time has flown by! They grow up so quickly!


Jessica Wiese November 15, 2012 at 8:20 am

This is so true! Our oldest is 4.5 and it seems like she was born just yesterday, but in reality she is getting ready to head off to kindergarten soon. :( I savor every minute I have with these little people.


sara m ford November 27, 2012 at 8:20 am

Times goes by so fast I know. It feels like just yesterday I was having my first and now he is 13 years old and I have two more 12 and 7. I miss them being babys and just learning to walk, talk and you being their whole world. I wish I could have one more but sadly I can not so all I have are my memory’s. One day I will share with my kids their first and it will be just as magic as when they were so little!


Andrea Kruse November 28, 2012 at 1:20 pm

So very true! Some days I am nearly in tears and can’t wait for my husband to come home… but then I look at my children and wonder where the time has gone. They grow up so fast. Your little girls are so precious. Thanks for sharing.
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sara m ford November 29, 2012 at 10:08 pm

Every minute you can spend with them is one never forgot! They will always be are babys


kelly willis November 30, 2012 at 4:28 am

awww dont you love it when they are asleep but it is a adventure when they are awake


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