Because tonight I’m missing Kierra. Five years ago this was us. Snowy Christmas was here and we stayed warm by our fire and played with babies and fed bottles and changed diapers and drank coffee. I had no idea that Christmas season how life would change in the next year. I had no clue that just around the corner was looming some pretty hard, life changing events. It was a season and it’s gone. I miss it. Kobe was only 4 months old when Kierra became a ‘frequent flyer’ at the hospital.
Now he’s five and Kierra has been in Heaven for nearly three long years.
Call me a pushover mom. That’s what I feel like with my little Kobe sometimes. When he begs for one more candy this Christmas or one more game, I have a really hard time saying No. Its those blue eyes and the logic he always throws in . I have a really hard time setting boundaries and telling him to play by himself for awhile because I remember how I felt when my older siblings wouldn’t play with me when I was little. I remember my little girl that would be 6 and I wonder what she would like to play right now. I remember all the days I missed watching Kobe grow and all the times I missed playing lighthearted baby games and talking gibberish to him. I want to love him and hold him and cherish him.
Can a mother drown a child in love?
And then I wonder if my tolerance has made him soft. For instance, while his taste buds are quite amazing and his critiques of my cooking make me laugh, there’s also a point where you eat what’s on your plate and don’t make a fuss because there is less sugar then one remembers. Take for instance, this amazing rolled pancake at Paul’s Pancake Parlor in Missoula.
He’s still remembering it and wishing for another one 😉 And do mine taste like that? No way …because I don’t see the point in making a sugar loaded pancake for a sweet tooth 🙂 except for on very special occassions. So when I use heavy whipping cream and raspberries and don’t add sugar, it’s such a disappointment because it DOESNT TASTE THE SAME! lol! But now I’m way off subject.
I find myself wanting to lavish on him partly because I can’t on Kierra. I wonder if he’s spoiled.
Now don’t get me wrong. I get frustrated. Seriously. And then he goes through his list of questions which doesn’t always help my mood. “Mom, are you frustrated? Are you angry? Are you disappointed? Are you sad? Are you happy?” Seriously. It’s not always fun to be interrogated by a five year old when your not sure exactly how you feel yourself. But yes, I am thankful he’s talking about feelings and dealing with them 😉
When he finds fault with every item I cook it’s a bit too much 😉 sometimes. I told him today that he didn’t like anything I made today (except candy. Lol) and he looked surprised and a bit embarrassed and promised to eat the rest of his food without a fuss.
He came up to me and told me he has the best gift yet and he gave me a kiss on my cheek. See why I love him? 😍
Now where am I going with this?
I rocked him to sleep tonight. Seriously. Would I do that if I had three kids under 5? Most likely not. But I did because I could. He filled up my lap and the rocking chair and even if it wasn’t too comfy on my expanding belly, I couldn’t help myself. He was so cute and cuddly and Kobe. He was so delighted to be cuddled. His face is taking on a young boy look. His baby chin is getting square and his grin more handsome then cute. And I know in a blink he will be too big to hold. So I love him the way I know he wants to be loved. Cuddling and songs and snuggles against my soft Christmas sweater.
I’m still trying to find the happy medium in gently pushing him a bit toward independence and still loving him as my little boy. (For example, He went to sleep on his own for years when he was younger and he still does many times. But I know time doesn’t stand still and we are not promised tomorrow night so tonight, i rocked)
I’m not exactly sure of all the dynamics of what healthy independence looks like but I do know I am so blessed that he is ours. To have a child that I can tuck into bed at night. To be called ‘Mom’ and to be loved.
I miss my little girl tonight. I sit and dream about holding her again. I dream about gifts for two children and hugs and snuggles with two and the happiness and joy I got to experience with two babies for three Christmas’ in a row. I’m so privileged to have another small one, nudging inside me, reminding me that what I think isn’t possible can be real and alive.
Death cannot take our memories or our love.
It can change us but it can’t extinguish the flame of hope and peace that Jesus brings. And though ‘a spear shall pierce thine own heart’ was prophecied to Mary, so long ago, she still loved. She still gave. She still believed.
No matter what spear has pierced your heart this year, my friend, my prayer for you is that the healing of this Christ -who became Flesh AND DWELT AMONG US… will be upon you. That it will run straight over the wounds this life has left. That it will bring mercy and grace and beauty will rise out of the broken. He came for us, you know. Us….who need a Saviour.
Thank you, Jesus! 🎁💞💝
4 thoughts on “Christmas Muse”
I don’t believe you can ever spoil a child with too much love! I have one little boy (age 7) who is the joy & energy of our home. We dealt with eleven years of infertility & a whole lot of medical intervention to conceive our little miracle, so he is an “only”…though I like the term “completer” of our family better 🙂 I struggle sometimes with balance, as you said, because the sweet boy is so cute, full of kisses for his mama, and just makes me laugh with his antics. There is a balance, but if I’m going to fail, I would rather be on the too many snuggles and extra whipped cream on the pancakes, than not. Praying for you as you miss your little girl but excited as you spend such special time with your little boy!
Thanks, Hannah! I love that…completer term! And i totally agree…a little extra whip..a few more hugs. How can that ever be harmful for any little heart 🙂
Such a wonderful mamma….and just think of the young man you are molding him into! I think too often we forget that our kids just want to be heard and loved and sung too and yes, they need guidance and a firm hand at times, but they are whole and complete individuals with opinons and choices they just want to be loved by their mammas and daddies. I have 4 kids that are close in age, and some days it is a challenge to find the time to wrap my arms around each of them and sing to them and listen to what they have on their hearts…. but I try and I find that in those moments of sharing there is such a teachable moment and perhaps, they are more easily bent to the heart of the Saviour in those moments then in the rigid disciplines. Keep up the great work!
Thanks Bertha! God bless you as you love your four children as well! I’m sure they feel that love!