If you’re a new parent or perhaps about to become one soon, no doubt you’ve already had people saying to you “it goes so quickly!”.
Have these people ever been 354 weeks pregnant (so it seems in those last few weeks) or had a baby that doesn’t know what sleep is?! I know myself that time does not seem to pass quickly in those seasons of life.
Last week my baby girl Polly turned seven and it made me all kinds of happy, emotional and reflective about just how quickly time passes and how much has happened in the last seven years.
I know, I know. Now I’m one of those annoying people reminding you that time goes so fast. Soak it up while you can! Savour every minute because before you know it, they will be in primary school!
It’s so true though and now as a mother of a seven-year-old, I can see why those people told me all those years ago to enjoy every stage because before I knew it, she’d be an independent little girl.
Polly’s birth was the catalyst for me to start Birth Beat. Right before I gave birth to Polly, the doors of our local private hospital maternity unit closed without community consultation. Even though I was birthing at the public hospital, I was frustrated that the option had been taken away from local parents. This started me thinking about how I could make a change…
Polly’s actual birth-day was enlightening for me as a midwife because it made me realise that I was underprepared for the whole thing even though I had helped hundreds of other women birth their babies. I also realised that by telling Ross not to bother doing childbirth classes that I had made the whole experience more stressful for him than it needed to be – he didn’t understand what was happening and wasn’t sure how best to be my support person.
It made me to think about the importance of childbirth education – not just for the mother but for the support person. The idea for creating a childbirth education course started to take shape. When Polly was around 6 months old (she was a wonderful sleeper; how lucky I was!) I started to develop Birth Beat and when she was around one, I began teaching classes in people’s lounge rooms!
As I look back over the last seven years, watching Polly grow into the creative, curious and intelligent little girl she is today, remembering back to when I started planning and creating Birth Beat and watching it become the national brand it is now, I get a little bit emotional. So much has happened in seven years.
Watching your children grown is one of life’s greatest pleasures, even if it does go way too fast. So soak it up Mummas! I’m happy to be that annoying person reminding you that the days are long but the years are short.
If you want to hear about my birth stories you can take a listen to this Podcast episode which I did with Australian Birth Stories here .