I remember the moment when I held my son in my arms for the very first time. The memory is crystal-clear, as if it were only yesterday. I remember the first time he let out that lusty cry and how my heart melted at the sound of it. The sight of him. I remember as I held him in my arms, this tiny creature that was my son. A piece of me, my heart and soul. How tender, how vulnerable, how precious. The long wait had been so worth it. And more.
Then began the journey of parenthood that we have all heard about, read about, thought we were prepared for. The sleepless nights, the endless crying, the constant cycle of feed and clean. And then that first smile. The first time he curled his little fingers around mine. The first time he focussed his eyes on my face in a moment of recognition. Each time he looked, his gaze was searching for me, his mother. What an honour and privilege to love unconditionally and be so loved back in return.
My little baby is growing up into a little boy in front of my eyes. All too soon. It is less than a week when I will be bundling him off to nursery school in his first ever uniform. A milestone of unforetold magnitude in all our lives. There will be some moist eyes, and I know they will be mine.
This is the time I need to cherish. Carpe diem! Make every moment count. Even when I am feeling the strain of parenthood, remember that the moment when he will be a young man is not too far away. I do not want to look back at years gone by with regret. I want him to remember the warmth of his mother's cuddles, the love they encompass, even when he has far outgrown the grasp of my hand. For he will never outgrow my heart. He will not be my baby forever, but he will always be my boy.
Fairy non-bio has launched a campaign to encourage Mums and Dads to make the most of those oh-so-soft cuddles with their little ones while they can. Time does pass so quickly when they’re little. So make sure you make the most of this time by giving them an extra soft cuddle today and embracing the #PowerofSoft!
Please take a moment to check out the Softest They Will Ever Be video. It brought a lump to my throat. Don't be astonished if it does the same to you.
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