I realize this second time around of being a mommy to a 5 year old (my children are 13 years apart) that there are certain traditions that I have kept. 13 years and things for me haven’t changed. For example, I took pictures of both my children next to the same stuffed animal when they were first born every month near their birth month to show how much they have grown until they turned one year old.
I like playing with my children and taking pictures while we do. I like to journal about what we played about along with my picture and put it in a scrapbook so I never forget. Somehow, though, I never forget (and I have a bad memory).
I taught both my children how to swim by teaching them first how to “monkeywalk” across the ledge, let go and then swim to me. I also taught them how to blow bubbles under the water with their mouth and hold their breath. I like this tradition. It always feels like deja vu when I am in the water with Josh. I feel like I am in my 20s again and in the water with Sabi.
Sabrina at age 5.
Josh at age 5.
I also like taking pictures of them while they’re asleep. I have so many of those.
Josh and Sabi, both asleep at age 5.
This next tradition may seem silly but I think it’s important. Sabi wasn’t allowed to have a Big Mac until she was 16 years old. She waited and she waited. By the time she had that first bite of that Big Mac at age 16, the delayed gratification didn’t really pay off for her. I thought she would be in heaven, instead she was like, “that’s it?”. She never ordered another one again. I guess that was good. Also, Sabi wasn’t allowed to have her first cell phone until she was 12 years old. Once she got that cell phone at age 12, she took very good care of it. To this day, she hasn’t lost any of her phones and she is very responsible with them. I know times are a little different now, but I am hoping to uphold that tradition for Josh as well.
Another tradition I have is taking a picture on the first day of school in front of the house before leaving for school. Next week is Josh’s first day of kindergarten. So starts a new tradition. Next week is also Sabi’s first day at college but she won’t be at home. We’ll be at her dorm getting things set up. I guess I will have to start a new tradition. Hopefully she will let me take a picture of her in front of her dorm room without feeling like I’m embarrassing her.
Every mommy has traditions with their children. It’s what makes everything so special. It’s a thoughtful Tuesday for this Sweet Monday mommy.
Today I am grateful for motherhood.