Something remarkable happened last night…I washed and folded up our two highchairs and stored them in the basement. Big deal, right? Well, actually, it was a big deal. The highchairs were the last gear standing…the end of the line for baby products in our house. For nearly 20 months, we have been a family of “gear.” Bouncy seats, swings, exersaucers, boppies, bumbo seats, play gyms and highchairs have dominated the landscape of our home, but no more!
This morning my beautiful new dining table and chairs arrived from JCPenney’s, replacing the tiny 7 year-old Kmart bachelor set that pre-dates me. The table is much larger and in an effort to save space, I replaced the highchairs with our booster seats, which have been riding around in the back of the van for months. What can I say? I am doing my part to stimulate the economy!
As exciting as a change as this was, I had a lump in my throat (and a kink in my back) as I folded up our highchairs for the last time. There was something symbolic and significant about this simple act. At nearly 20 months old, almost all vestiges of babyhood have disappeared. The dining room turned play room? It is now a place where we can eat as a family and teach the kids that mommy will make them eat all the food they throw on the floor.
I guess I wanted to write about this because it was a very clear reminder that nothing last forever, especially when it comes to kids and time. The days may be long, but the years are short. We talk a lot on this site about everything being a “phase.” The phase in our house that I would like to hurry along is Ms. Faith cutting her eye-teeth. She has turned into a whiny, clingy, screamy, miserable toddler. And as much as I wish she would hurry up and cut those darn teeth already, I don’t want to hurry along any of our time together, plane rides excluded.
What phase are you currently in? What “gear” have you packed away? What stage do you look forward to or miss?