Ten things I won’t miss when my children grow up…

Ten things I won’t miss when my children grow up…

I adore my girls and I am cherishing every moment at the moment as it won’t be long before Alice goes to school and our time together will be less. I wouldn’t wish for this time to go fast and I would keep them little forever if I could. Maybe without the tantrums and a bit more sleep.

But, there are a few things that I won’t miss when they are older…

  1. Being able to just get in car and not having to strap two small people in two. I can’t imagine them being able to do it themselves and I only have to do my seatbelt up. Think of the time I will save!
  2. Wiping their little noses, there is always a nose to be wiped! I always have a tissue in my pocket ready.
  3. Cutting their dinner up into small bits, while my dinner is getting cold.
  4. Going to the toilet on my own, with no one with me and closing the door. Obviously this is in my own home with no visitors. I do close the door when we are out!
  5. When we leave the house not having to put anyone’s shoes on or having the discussion about which shoes are appropriate to wear.
  6. Taking drinks and snacks with me everywhere, even if we are only popping out. My handbag will be so much lighter and no leaky water bottles all over my things.
  7. No one needing to take a nap, having a whole day where we don’t have to factor in a nap for Holly. Mind you I do like the two hours where I can have some one on one time with Alice, so maybe I will miss this. It’s more when we are going out for the day, that it will be easier.
  8. Being able to cook dinner without having to entertain the girls by dancing or doing train rides around the kitchen.
  9. Changing nappies! I wonder how many nappies I will have changed by the time Holly is toilet trained? It’s a lot!!!!
  10. Being woken up in the night, you can read here what my life is like at the moment with sleep deprivation. I can’t wait until I have to wake them up!

I know that when I do get to each stage in their life, I will probably end up missing these (well, except changing nappies, I don’t think I will miss this!). As it will be their childhood slipping away from me and maybe dinner time will be less boring when dancing isn’t involved.

But when you are dealing with it all at the same time, it can feel too much and life without them does sound nice…


You Baby Me Mummy
A Cornish Mum


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  1. 08/04/2016 / 15:20

    I think the freedom of no naps is just so appealing to me! Max doesn’t nap in the pushchair, so we have to be home at lunchtime every day for him to nap, and I just find it so restrictive. I loved when the 3 naps dropped to two, and then just down to one. Although I’ll miss the time to myself, the stress it’ll take off me is huge!

    • 09/04/2016 / 16:37

      Oh that is tough, luckily both my girls would nap in the pushchair. Yes, the naps are great for a bit of quiet time, but the joy of going out all day without one sounds like heaven x

  2. 08/04/2016 / 15:55

    Sometimes I feel I need a nap without having children so I don’t know how you do it! You won’t miss those things but there’s plenty more to look forward to x

  3. 08/04/2016 / 18:20

    I have a feeling you are right, when these things are gone they’ll be replaced by even more stressful things to think about and we’ll be wishing we could be back in a time when nappies and putting shoes on were our worst problems! Although I am looking forward to leaving the house in less than an hour in between starting to get ready and actually going.

  4. 08/04/2016 / 20:01

    Awww you say that now! But I’m sure when they’re all grown up, you’ll wish they had stayed kiddos forever!! 😀 I’ve watched my niece and nephews grow up and now I just want them to stop getting bigger and bigger… before I even know it they’ll be as big as me!!

    Oliver • http://suedeandsymphony.com

    • 09/04/2016 / 16:31

      Yes, they can stay little forever if they sleep too 🙂

  5. Dean of Little Steps
    08/04/2016 / 20:17

    I can so relate… Would like to add, I won’t miss doing my daughter’s hair before doing the school run. Plait? Pig-tails or one pony-tail, especially in a rush! 😉

  6. 08/04/2016 / 20:53

    Oh anytime I get stressed I tell myself this may be the last time I ever do this…… and sometimes it works and sometimes I say Nah….def be doing it again tomorrow!!! it can be soo hard but we’ll look back with rose-tinted glasses for sure

  7. 09/04/2016 / 07:09

    It’s not easy when they’re young, is it. Each age brings its own challenges too. I think I will miss all these little things when they’re older and flown the nest, to be honest, even though I didn’t enjoy it when it was happening.

  8. 09/04/2016 / 20:02

    I know exactly what you mean about naps! Bear only likes to sleep in his cot, he will nap in the car but just for 20 minutes or so and then is grumpy because he’s still tired. He likes his nap mid day too so ruins mornings and afternoons. But he’s my grandson so I’m lucky. I get to do it all over again 🙂

  9. 10/04/2016 / 11:32

    Yes to all of these! This is similar to my post about 10 breakthrough parenting moments – there are things I just won’t miss! #thelist

  10. 10/04/2016 / 23:20

    My boys are 10 and almost 12 and I’m surprised sometimes by the things I do miss…. that being said they are soooo much easier now than in the small person days, and the joy that is not using car seats is great 😉

    Thanks for linking up to #TenThings

    Stevie x

  11. 11/04/2016 / 00:20

    Yes, I agree with most of these, though I will miss the naps! The leaky water bottles, though – always having that problem! #thelist

  12. 14/04/2016 / 10:34

    Oh yes to all of these, although no more nappies for me since last summer. I get exhausted by the Mama every millisecond. Sometimes Baby says it when she doesn’t even want to say anything, drives me insane! Thanks for linking up to #TheList x