Last month the kids announced that they were ready to retire the two-tier wooden Ikea step stool in the bathroom – they can reach the sink all on their own now. It was a bittersweet moment. On the one hand I was totally excited about getting rid of another bulky piece of kids’ furniture. On the other, it was sad to acknowledge that they’re swiftly growing up.
Once, our house was filled with brightly colored apparatuses that all served various, super important purposes: the Exersaucer, the high chair, the diaper genie. It was clear that babies lived here. Now our home is starting to resemble a regular household again, and as much as I wanted this day to come, it also makes me wistful. That stage of our lives is over.
I remember the day we said goodbye to our diaper bag. I posted a photo of it on Facebook to honor all its years of assistance and show off its war wounds. It served us faithfully, witnessed some of our most dicey diaper changes, and was the glue that held together our outings for so many years. It seemed almost tragic to toss it in the bin.
My friends’ comments ranged from “So jealous!” to “Aww, sad! Have another one!” We won’t be having another one, but sometimes I look at my friends’ diaper bags, bulging with bottles and teethers and containers of Puffs, and it takes me back to a time when the kids were cuddly and wriggly and oh so adorable. I’ll miss that.
What’s the one kids’ item you got rid of recently that you once couldn’t live without?