Hello. My name is Stephanie and I still carry around my 4½ year old daughter. Yes, my husband and son make fun of us. Yes, I know it is bad for my back, hips and body. Believe me, they feel the pain from it. However, that pain is nothing compared to the pain my heart feels to see my children growing so fast.
When I became pregnant with my daughter, I slowly stopped lifting and carrying my older son. However, that was a much easier transition. All the books I read said pregnant women shouldn’t lift heavy things. So there was an easy reason for me to say “no” and it was fairly easy for him to understand.
But as time passed by, my little mama’s boy-love bug turned into a big boy, who rarely likes to be hugged and wipes off any kisses you can sneak. Now, I relish any hug or snuggle I get with him.
Thankfully, my daughter is still in the mama’s girl stage. She loves to snuggle and give (and get) hugs and kisses. However, every once in a while she copies her brother and wipes off my kisses or says she doesn’t want me to sit by her, which of course breaks my heart and remind me of what lies ahead. This is why, when my little girl reaches up for “uppy”, it is so hard for me to find a reason to say, “no.” For I know the day will shortly come, when she won’t want to be held anymore. I’m hopeful that hugs and kisses won’t be denied shortly thereafter. So, until then (or my body gives out) I will be carrying my little one when she asks me to carry her.
Wishing you many hugs and kisses,
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