You know the whole hindsight is 20/20 thing? The older my son gets, the more I realize just how true it is. There are so many instances where I just want to go back in time and savor all of the special moments I probably didn't appreciate as much as I should have.
Like when he was a toddler, for example. Yes, that period in time was chaotic, challenging, and often seemed like it would never end -- but it was also so special and unique. I only wish I'd done a better job of documenting it so I could remember more of it today. (Pictures only go so far.)
Here are six things I really regret NOT doing with my little guy. And I promise if you aren't doing these things now -- you'll wind up like me in a few years and totally want to kick yourself for not being more diligent.
- Getting his voice on tape -- Ok, so I know the word "tape" is primitive, but I'm an '80s kid, so bear with me. I know we took videos here and there, but we were definitely not consistent about recording his adorable little voice. A cashier at the grocery store once told me to make sure to record it because it would never sound that way again. Guess what? She was right. Damn, do I miss that baby voice.
- Having professional photos done -- Yet another fail. I can count the number of times this kid has had proper pictures taken since he was born on one hand. He's almost 8 now. And there's no going back.
- Making a scrapbook -- Again, we have plenty of pictures -- but they're scattered about in various albums or are on our computer. It would be so nice if I had them in one book to look at whenever I'm feeling nostalgic.
- Keeping mementos other than photos -- Like the lock of hair from his first haircut. They gave it to me along with a photo and a little certificate on that day. But of course, I have no idea where the hell it is. I'll probably find it stuffed into the back of a drawer somewhere -- where I hid it for "safe keeping."
- Taking naps with him -- I'd love nothing more than to be able to curl up with my little guy for a good snooze in the middle of the day. No such luck. And when I was able to do it during his younger days, I chose things like laundry, dishes, and other chores instead.
- Writing down his first words -- Yes, I remember the first couple he said. But I wish I'd kept a book of when he started to string phases together. Man ... he said the cutest stuff. If only I could remember it better.
Have you been soaking up and documenting every single second of the toddler stage?
Image via Mary Fischer