The Last Time

From the moment you hold your baby in your arms,
you will never be the same.
You might long for the person you were before,
When you had freedom and time,
And nothing in particular to worry about.

You will know tiredness like you never knew it before,
And days will run into days that are exactly the same,
Full of feedings and burping,
Nappy changes and crying,
Whining and fighting,
Naps or a lack of naps,
It might seem like a never-ending cycle.

But don’t forget …
There is a last time for everything.
There will come a time when you will feed
your baby for the very last time.
They will fall asleep on you after a long day
And it will be the last time you ever hold your sleeping child.

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One day you will carry them on your hip then set them down,
And never pick them up that way again.
You will scrub their hair in the bath one night
And from that day on they will want to bathe alone.
They will hold your hand to cross the road,
Then never reach for it again.
They will creep into your room at midnight for cuddles,
And it will be the last night you ever wake to this.

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Hi, I’m Shan. I’m a wife, mom to 3 kids and a businesswoman who works from home and gets very little sleep at night. My days are filled with dirty diapers and toddler tantrums, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything else. I am in the Forbes 30 under 30 list for Forbes Africa 2019 and just recently launched my start-up – MomSays.

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  1. lameez
    2015-05-09 / 10:38

    Beutifull, true and so touchy !thank u for sharing 🙂

    • 2015-05-09 / 10:44

      Glad you enjoyed it. It’s too beautiful, I just had to share!

  2. Robin Masshole mommy
    2015-05-11 / 14:17

    That is really lovely. And yes, everything changes once you have a baby. Literally, everything. But I’d venture to say that it changes for the better.

  3. 2015-05-11 / 15:36

    Well, now I’m crying! This was a beautiful post and a wonderful reminder to cherish all the moments, because all things end.

  4. 2015-05-11 / 16:08

    Now I’m going to have to touch up my makeup! You made me cry, and I loved every second of it! They DO grow up so, so very fast.

  5. 2015-05-11 / 16:46

    Reading this makes my heart break. I know life is chaotic now but that I will miss it once my two little boys grow up.

  6. 2015-05-11 / 18:30

    Such a wonderful post, this poem looks written it from the real mom heart.

  7. 2015-05-11 / 21:53

    I have tears in my eyes! What a bittersweet poem and so, so true! Seems like my grown kids were mere babies yesterday.

  8. 2015-05-11 / 23:36

    Such a beautiful post, being a mother is a very tough job. Even when you think you’ve learned it all, they will prove to you that there is so much more to know in this world!

  9. 2015-05-11 / 23:47

    What a beautiful poem indeed…I agree with you. Time sure flies fast. My daughter is growing up and I am nostalgic every time I see her!

  10. 2015-05-12 / 01:02

    That is such a sweet poem. I had never read that one before. It definitely hits home.

  11. So beautiful and so true! My daughter will be getting married in less than 2 weeks so I’ve been thinking about all of those special times when she was little.

  12. 2015-05-12 / 02:29

    You’re right, this is such a beautiful poem. I’m not a mother but I can definitely relate to the feeling of finding something annoying or tiresome until it’s gone. I definitely try and remember to cherish everything while I have it!

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  13. 2015-05-12 / 02:42

    Moms are such special people. I am glad I became one 🙂

  14. 2015-05-12 / 03:17

    Beautiful, in both words and in photography. Thank you so much for sharing. 🙂

  15. 2015-05-12 / 03:41

    Such a lovely post. You are correct, time sure does fly. Thank you for sharing.

  16. Ann Bacciaglia
    2015-05-12 / 04:51

    This is such a beautiful poem. It is perfect timing to post it with Mothers Day.

  17. 2015-05-12 / 06:32

    This is a sweet and enduring poem and one that every parent should hang onto.

  18. R U S S
    2015-05-12 / 06:41

    I’ve not experienced motherhood ( yet ) but I have heard a lot of beautiful stories from close friends, relatives, and blog friends about how motherhood changes you – for better of course and how fulfilling it is to be a mother. This is such a sweet and touching poem.

  19. Fi Ní Neachtáin
    2015-05-12 / 10:55

    Such a beautiful post. That poem brought tears to my eyes, thank you for sharing with us.

  20. 2015-05-12 / 15:01

    Well I’m crying into my coffee now. And feeling totally terrible that I didn’t read a 4th story last night. 🙁 Why must they grow??? lol

  21. 2015-05-12 / 15:34

    This is sweet! Very beautiful. Life is so much different once you become a mother. I am so thankful I got the chance!!

  22. 2015-05-12 / 16:09

    This made me cry too, I was thinking about my kids as I read through the whole poem. I can relate and it is so true!

  23. 2015-05-12 / 16:18

    This is a beautiful post. I don’t have kids but I do have nieces and nephews that are like my kids. So sweet!

  24. courtneylynne
    2015-05-12 / 21:23

    Omg this was seriously a beautiful post!!! I’m not one to get emotional about many things & yet your post touched me!

  25. 2015-05-12 / 21:49

    TEARS! Thank you for sharing this poem ~ this past Mother’s Day was exceptionally hard for me having a recent miscarriage. Every word rings true, and it’s so hard to go from kid to teenager. It seemed to happen over night for me.

  26. 2015-05-13 / 03:24

    Time goes by so quickly when it comes to kids. I swear my 28 year old was playing dress up with my clothes just a few years ago! This was a lovely reminder of how precious that time is.

  27. Rosey
    2015-05-13 / 10:19

    What a wonderful write up. Time does fly, there’s no doubt about it.

  28. 2015-05-13 / 16:18

    What a beautiful poem. It is very touching and heartwarming as well. Now I’m teary-eyed. Being a mom is definitely the best thing that ever happened to me.

  29. 2015-05-13 / 17:27

    Motherhood is the greatest adventure we will ever have. Beautiful poem about a very special journey.

  30. 2015-05-13 / 21:54

    What a wonderful poem. I shed lots of tears reading it. It is very touching and so emotional. You are talented

  31. 2015-05-13 / 23:13

    What a sweet poem. That certainly brought a tear to my eye too!

  32. 2015-05-14 / 20:49

    It’s a great reminder for Dads also. A lot of the reason I left my job and chose to work from home with my wife was to experience all that I missed with my two older sons. Very powerful work.

  33. 2015-05-15 / 05:52

    I’m reading this as my 9 month old is screaming in her crib at 11PM refusing to go to sleep. I think of this often though, how time is fleeting and she won’t be little forever and it is sad but I do look forward to knowing her in every stage of her life.

  34. 2015-05-17 / 03:41

    This is very heartwarming. The love of mom is truly everlasting. Different times, same love.

  35. 2015-05-18 / 03:57

    This is such a beautiful poem. I got teary-eyed reading it. Thank you so much for sharing this.

  36. nimisha
    2015-07-14 / 21:46

    So beautiful and so true . Time really flies by and it hits home when they no longer even want to hold your hand or be by your side. i really cherish all my little moments with my son as he is smaller because my daughter grew up too quickly ! thank you for sharing this lovely poem.

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