Her feet will never be this small again. I brushed them with a shade of purple paint. She giggled and wiggled her toes. She was only 6 months old. Then I stood her one foot at a time, with the help of my sister, upon this plate. It was fired and glazed and then placed upon this shelf next to her brother’s plate. As each baby was born and turned 6 months old they each had a plate made for them; now all 4 of them sit upon my shelves. Their feet are all much larger now.
When my children were 6, 4, 2 and newborn, as a stay at home mom I felt as though the days lasted weeks. The physical labor and fatigue of my little ones was so draining. I was up in the middle of the night and all day long. I was changing diapers, feeding, giving naps, entertaining, reading books, going for walks, visiting story time at the libraries and just being a mom. It was exhausting.
Now they are 13, 11, 9 and 7 and as a stay at home mom I am much less exhausted. Rarely do I get up in the middle of the night. I still prepare and eat every meal with them during the summertime. They are great about reading alone or to one another. We go on fieldtrips and they pick out their own books at the library. During the school year our days fly by entirely too quickly. They go to school, have sports practices, games and school commitments. During the summer time slows down and we love it. We are not in a rush. We relax. The labor is not as physical and the relationships are so much deeper now.
She will never have feet that small again (her feet our now size 10) and she is only 11 years old. She is no longer a little tot. But it is all good. Every moment, every laugh, every giggle, every tear, every wiggle has brought us to where we are today. There is nothing quite as rewarding to me as being able to witness the growth of my children’s little toes as their mom.