I'm not sure how I feel about this quote. I do not enjoy it when people tell me to appreciate my kids while they're little. It's a loaded statement, like they're telling me that I'm not enjoying my girls now, or not enough, or somehow don't appreciate how precious this time when they are little is as much as I should. It automatically causes feelings of guilt and frustration.
But at the same time, I also do get it. I know when my girls get a bit bigger and need less of my constant attention, I will look back on this time bittersweetly and miss their cute little baby faces and sweet cuddles. And I know that when people tell me "they grow up so fast" and "enjoy it while you can", what they mean is "I miss my children being that little", "I miss my children needing me the way yours do", "I miss the time in my life when so much was still ahead of us"...
They're telling me that their heart hurts, and that they see me as lucky to be in a moment they wish they could go back to.
I suppose the answer is to have more empathy. When someone says "enjoy them while you can", I can try more to control my reaction and hear what they really mean, and just say "Thank you. I will.", give them a smile, and hug the child I'm almost about to drop because she's so heavy/fidgety/fussy...a little closer.
What do you think? How do you feel when in these situations, and what do you usually do or say in response?
Happy Monday. Here's hoping you have a great week, free of guilt and full of cuddles.
"I feel so disappointed in myself when I can’t remember it all. When my brain fills up with appointments and after-school activities and getting laundry done and doing a good job at work. But then I remember that I’m only human and it’s impossible to live in the moment when you’re constantly worried about forgetting anything from the past." - @savvymomdotca
So many of us can relate to this feeling. (Myself included.) I can't remember what I had for breakfast this morning, let alone all the tiny, amazing moments I had with my girls yesterday. Which feels heartbreaking if I think about it too long...
But selfies are for more than vanity - it's the main way I ensure I'm in photos with my kids. It might be impossible to remember every detail of each day, but that camera on your phone is your best tool for the task.
And when I'm back in the office, that's one of the things I love about my job - helping you keep the moments you've captured so far, to hold to as much of your precious days as possible.💕
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Your wedding memories deserve an heirloom photo album. The fact that it may be a few years overdue?🤦♀️ Doesn't change a thing. Check this item off your to-do list, and let our team of professional designers create a custom book of the beautiful photos from your special day - especially for you & your love. #weddingwednesday #procrastinatenomore
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Aaaaaand we have a crawler. Now where did we put those gates...🤔👶🏼💕
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Took the train into the city today to meet @adeo, the man who created the Founder Institute (2015 NYC grad right here). Got some of his tips for growing Shortcake (hint: referral program coming soon!), and now off to dinner with my husband to enjoy a rare night out. Make sure you're on our email list if you want to follow the referral program launch, plus more pics of mommy-in-the-city in my Story...💃
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Anyone else really into deep blues lately?🙋🏻 I seem to be picking blues for everything - paint colors, clothes, notebooks, jewelry... I just love it. It feels neutral yet feminine, bold yet classic, patriotic yet universal.
Pictured are a few of the genuine Italian leather colors available for our Heirloom album covers. Guess which is my current favorite. (Hint: see photo 2.) Sharing more examples of my current blue obsession over in stories...
Leather colors from bottom: Midnight Blue|Distressed Cappuccino|White|Cardinal Red|Distressed Sand|Sterling Gray|Black
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Discovering shadows this morning...
Spent the weekend enjoying this beautiful view of the Delaware Water Gap with a house full of good friends and our MANY babies. I've lived in NJ for most of my life, but love how it still surprises me.🌄
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Surprise! It's a GIVEAWAY for YOU to help celebrate our BIRTHDAY!🎉 Shortcake is 2 today, and we wouldn't be here without you. Our way of saying thanks? Enter now for your chance to win a FREE ALBUM, and keep sharing the love! To enter:
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Giveaway runs through the weekend and winner will be announced Sunday night. Good luck everyone!
"Given my busy schedule as a working mom of a toddler, I would never have taken the time required to create an album myself using the more "do it yourself" services available. I am so happy to have such a beautiful keepsake with such a limited time investment on my part. The albums arrived today and are beautiful. The quality is excellent and the customer service has been top notch throughout the process. I will definitely use Shortcake again... Thank you so much." - @gmaunier
📚: Signature Album | 8" x 8" | Pink & Mint
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