It happens several times a year and it never gets easier for me. I love watching my kids grow and learn new things. I am excited to be able to do more and more with them. But every once and a while there is a sharp reminder that my kids are growing up fast!
I remember the first time I sorted through Liam’s drawers to weed out the clothes that didn’t fit him and I found a newborn onesie among the clothes. There was a small part of me that could not bear to put it in the give away pile and I held onto for a while longer.
Each and every time I go through this process two things happen; (1) Elicit tears come as I remember certain memories when they were wearing those outfits; and (2) Inevitably some clothes will remain in the drawer because I cannot stomach to part with them yet.
Little after Liam’s first birthday I knew I was pregnant with Ava and for a short period of time this purging of clothes was made easier knowing that there was another baby on the way. But now my “baby” is 20 months old. I am so proud of both of my kids. They are truly little sponges learning, speaking, doing new things every day but a small part of me mourns what has past. Everyone says enjoy these moments and don’t look too far ahead because it goes fast. There in lies the problem for me. I truly did enjoy all the moments leading up today (and I know that will continue) so it is hard for me to let one moment go for another moment. I know each one will bring an amazing experience for both me and them, but in the still of the night when they are both sleeping I go into their rooms and check on them and think, “Wow they have gotten so big.”
So today I have two bags full of clothes that Liam and Ava have outgrown. Giving them away is the best part of the process. Knowing that someone else who needs them will get to use them and maybe just like me will remember good memories as they fold and put the clothes away.