Time Flies in the Blink of an Eye

Time moves fast and stands still all at once in parenting.

It starts whizzing by from the day your child is born. It becomes a new phenomenon. The wonder and bewilderment of not knowing where the time has gone. One day you’re holding a tiny baby in your arms and the next, they’re toddling off into anything and everything.

Then you have your second child and the speed of time doubles, leaving you utterly speechless.

This last year has gone by in the blink of my mama eyes.

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But then there are those moments. The ones that are forever frozen in time. The memories you hope to hold onto for as long as possible. The moments that you hope to carry with you long after they’re no longer babies, because you’ve well learned, that babies just don’t keep. But, maybe the memories will keep for your lifetime. You’ll wistfully think of them from time to time and wonder to yourself, wasn’t it just yesterday?

  • It was just yesterday that you snuggled your curled up body on my chest and nuzzled your fuzzy head under my chin. And I deliriously breathed in that sweet, sweet newborn scent.
  • It was just yesterday, that you were so teeny tiny. Your dad and I moved our hands ever so gently, while changing that newborn size diaper, praying that we didn’t break any of your bones.
  • It was just yesterday, that you looked up for the first time and stared right into my eyes. You gave me our special signal silently through those big, puppy dog eyes, “you’re mine, you’re my mama.”
  • It was just yesterday, that your big brother sat ever so still with a padded cushion placed carefully on his lap. He so excitedly held you, his “teeny baby bwudder, my best fwend.”
  • It was just yesterday, that I stared at you sleeping, hoping that you would sleep through the night, instead of getting some sleep myself.
  • It was just yesterday, that you smiled and let out your first belly laugh, and I felt the most innocent joy in hearing your laughter.
  • It was just yesterday, that I nursed you in my arms, and watched you fall asleep. Because bedtime, that was always our special time, just you and me.
  • It was just yesterday, that you started to give me those sloppy, open mouth kisses. The sweetest kisses ever.
  • It was just yesterday, that you took a huge chunk of avocado and rubbed it all over my face, while sticking that tiny tongue out like you played your first prank on your mama.
  • It was just yesterday, that you took your first steps, and we, your #1 cheerleaders, clapped with so much delight at your new found milestone.
  • It was just yesterday, that you screamed with delight playing with the water table. You looked up at your big brother with so much love and adoration.
  • It was just yesterday, that you started bobbing your head and shimmying your shoulders, when we sang your favorite songs.

The first year of a baby’s life is full of so many milestones. The list could go on and on. In the midst of all the memories, time is always so fleeting.

And just like that, in the blink of a mother’s eye, you are 1.

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Time flies in motherhood, doesn’t it?



33 thoughts on “Time Flies in the Blink of an Eye

  1. Susie Liberatore

    So emotional. Thanks for sharing this. My son is about to turn one very soon. I cant help but cry I know but time flies by. I look back on pictures, videos, and his milestones and can’t wait for him to grow over the next year. At the same time I’m like SLOW down kid!

  2. Libby

    This post is totally making me sad. My little girl is turning one in just a few weeks and I literally can’t believe it. It seems like just yesterday she was spending most of her day sleeping in my arms. I am loving the stage she’s in now at just under a year, but I miss some of those sweet baby milestones too!

    1. JeeYoung Post author

      Awwwww, I’m sooo loving 12 months and I know 18 months is even more fun. But I’m still ALLTHEFEELS today. Can’t believe how fast they grow!

  3. Iryna

    Great post! Kids grow so fast. It was just yesterday that I had my first child and now she’s a big sister helping me with a newborn. I cherish all these beautiful moments and try to take as many pictures as I can because as time goes by, we tend to forget a lot of things.

  4. Sarah Clouser

    This is so sweet! We were at a baseball game the other night, and my four-year-old daughter fell asleep on me. She was heavy and sweaty, but it was the most wonderful thing. I miss my babies falling asleep on me!

  5. Justina Gholston

    So I almost cried reading this. I was thinking about the moments I’ve had with my littles. And that smell of newborn hair is magical. You want them to stay small but grow up at the same time. Awesome words.

  6. Aimee @ MamaCentric

    What a beautiful tribute! You brought tears to my eyes. My youngest is eight months, and I know on just a breath of two, I will be celebrating my last baby’s first birthday. The last of the infants, the last of the newness… Here’s to continuing the adventures.

  7. Ashley

    I love this. I struggle every day as I have three kids under four(last two twins). Part of me wants them to grow a bit a be more independent to make things “easier,” the other part loves this stage and how exciting everything is to them.

  8. Christina Rambo

    I hate it. I look back at baby photos and have a hard time even remembering those times, and my kids are only 3 and 5!! It’s especially hard to remember with the first born, because I was consumed with a newborn/baby for so much of her early years.

  9. Eryn Lynum

    Beautiful. My oldest boy turns five today. My second boy just turned 3. My youngest boy just turned one. All of this—SO true. Those sloppy open mouth kisses truly are the best 😉

  10. Abigail

    This is such a great post! I truly can not believe how fast time flies when you become a mama! But also, it seems like I can’t remember a time when I didn’t have children. Like life never really existed before they were born. Happy birthday to your precious baby boy!


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