“Hold still.” These are the words we say so many times a day to our toddler who never stops moving, but today, they hold a different meaning for me.
As we try to change a diaper or get her dressed, bathe her or brush her teeth, “hold still,” we say. In this photo, my husband is trying to get her swimsuit on to head to the beach. “Hold still,” he said and instead, she smiled and stopped long enough for me to snap this photo.
She moves so fast and rarely is still at all; I’m constantly amazed at her energy and her ability to turn any situation into a dance party as she moves her shoulders up and down to a song she hums herself.
When she does rest, it’s often with me right beside her. She finally stills and I always watch her sleep for a bit, marveling at how her tiny body has finally stopped moving, if just for a while. I memorize her face each day and the wrinkles in her hands, knowing well how quickly they will change.
And today, it’s her birthday so I’m especially sentimental. As I watched her nap today, I thought of how fast time has passed, so I whispered in her ear, “hold still.”
Thanks for Mothering the Divide with me as I celebrate my sweet Maggie’s birthday. I love watching her grow up and explore, but just for today, I want time to hold still for my sweet baby girl.