I Held You Too Long Today

I Held You Too Long Today

I held you too long today.
I had toys to pick up, lunch to eat, dishes to do, and my hair to wash and dry.
But, I held you too long.
The weight of your sleeping body in my arms coupled with the sound of your heavy breathing made it impossible to put you down.
So, I held you too long.

I chased you too long today.
I had laundry to fold and put away, dinner to prepare, and a table to set.
But, I chased you too long.
The sound of your infectious giggle coupled with the indescribably adorable way you run, equally wanting to get away and be caught, made it impossible to stop.
So, I chased you too long.

I read to you too long today.
I had posts to write, photos to take and edit, and messages in need of response.
But, I read to you too long.
The way your sweet voice said, “book” when you handed me a story coupled with the way you sat and snuggled in my lap while I read the same one over and over made it impossible for me to leave.
So, I read to you too long.

My priorities were right today.
For once.
The to-do list must be done, but it never really is.
One day you won’t want me to hold you.
One day you won’t want me to chase you.
One day you won’t want me to read to you.
So, the to-do list can wait.

My heart is full today.
Time spent with you is never too long.

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  1. June 17, 2017 / 4:07 pm

    This is beautiful =]

    • Shannnon
      June 17, 2017 / 8:00 pm

      Thank you SO much!!

  2. Lauren Fritts
    March 8, 2017 / 9:46 pm

    This made me tear up as I watch my little one run around me. He’s only 2 but I feel like yesterday he was born. Thank you so much for this, I needed it today!

    • Shannnon
      March 9, 2017 / 9:53 am

      Thank you so much for reading, Lauren! I need to be reminded to slow down and take it all in way more often than I’d like to admit. It all goes so fast!

  3. November 29, 2016 / 7:43 pm

    😭 Such a wonderful reminder. Thank you for writing!

    • November 29, 2016 / 7:44 pm

      Thank you for READING!

  4. osem48
    November 7, 2016 / 6:47 pm

    I love this so much! I really need to put my to do list down and spend more quality time with the kids. It’s just so hard to do sometimes because the chores are just calling you and if you don’t do it then no one will. But you’re right, the to do list will never be done. But the kids do grow up.

    Emily@happymomblog

    • November 7, 2016 / 8:42 pm

      Thank you for reading! We all need to be reminded!

  5. November 6, 2016 / 10:18 pm

    This was a really touching post. I love holding my babies, although the they are more like ravaging toddlers. You do have your priorities straight. Chores always come back. Littles will never be little again.

    • November 6, 2016 / 10:45 pm

      Thank you for reading! We definitely have to stop and remind ourselves sometimes!

  6. September 28, 2016 / 9:01 am

    Wow. I wish I could fully articulate how much your words meant to me. I read it last night and sobbed. It was as if you were writing straight to me! I have a newborn (2 1/2 weeks) and a toddler, and the last few days have been extremely challenging. Reading this reminded me of what’s most important right now, and that these moments are so fleeting.
    Thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing your heart. I needed this so much!

    • Shannnon
      February 5, 2017 / 11:22 am

      I’m so happy to hear that, Lisa! I’m sure you’ve found your groove by now, no doubt. Thanks for reading!

  7. August 16, 2016 / 10:23 pm

    Beautiful! I don’t always feel this way about my mothering, but I love how you captured some of the wonderful moments…the ones that make you glad you embarked on this crazy journey and help you realize that NOTHING else is as important.

    • Shannnon
      February 5, 2017 / 11:21 am

      Thank you SO much!

  8. August 16, 2016 / 10:27 am

    I love this. This sums up perfectly how I feel about my daughter’s childhood. I’d rather prioritize holding her over doing the dirty dishes.

    • August 16, 2016 / 12:05 pm

      Sounds like your priorities are spot on! Thanks, Mama!

  9. August 11, 2016 / 10:14 pm

    Oh u love this so much! You’ll never look back and think I wish I didn’t hold them so much. They’re only little once!

    • August 12, 2016 / 4:28 pm

      Yes! You’re so right. Time goes so fast!

  10. August 11, 2016 / 10:01 pm

    Oh my!! Love this! I’ve found that I often find myself putting the to-do list aside, because if I don’t, my kiddies will grow up and by the time I get to slow down they may not be so small anymore. It’s funny how many times I find this list growing and creeping into the front of my priorities…It’s constant.

    • August 12, 2016 / 4:27 pm

      Constant for sure! It’s a tough balance but you’re right. I need to be better at doing that.

    • August 12, 2016 / 4:27 pm

      Thank you, Brittany!!

  11. August 11, 2016 / 9:59 pm

    And now I’m bawling! I just read this as I’m rocking my youngest to sleep and don’t want to put her down! Great post!!

    • August 12, 2016 / 4:26 pm

      Ah! Oh no! Hold that baby as long as you can. Thanks for the love!

  12. August 11, 2016 / 5:38 pm

    So sweet. I love this so much! A great reminder that moments with our littles are the best most important at the end of the day <3

    • August 12, 2016 / 4:26 pm

      Thank you so very much! They really are!

    • August 12, 2016 / 4:26 pm

      Thank you so much! I’m so glad!

  13. August 11, 2016 / 3:57 pm

    This absolutely made my day! I needed this reminder that the small things can wait.

    • August 12, 2016 / 3:42 pm

      Oh, I’m so glad! Thank you so much!

  14. August 11, 2016 / 3:02 pm

    This is beautiful! it’s true, the jobs lost can wait, time with your little one is more important X

    • August 12, 2016 / 3:42 pm

      So much yes! Thanks so much for the kind words!

  15. August 11, 2016 / 12:59 pm

    Absolutely beautiful. This was just the reminder I needed to throw the stupid to-do list in the trash and just spend time with my girl.

    • August 12, 2016 / 3:41 pm

      Haha don’t throw it in the trash! You still need it because our mom brains will forget otherwise… just put it to the side! LOL

      Thanks for the kind words!

    • August 12, 2016 / 3:40 pm

      Thank you, Hannah!

  16. August 11, 2016 / 11:39 am

    I all of us need a reminder of this sometimes. There will be more dishes, more laundry, more to-do’s, but we’ll never get that time back with them. Great read.

    • August 12, 2016 / 3:40 pm

      Yes! You’re so right. Thank you so much!

  17. j2mason816
    August 11, 2016 / 10:39 am

    This was a beautiful post. Thank you.

    • August 12, 2016 / 3:33 pm

      Thank you for reading and for your kind words!

    • August 12, 2016 / 3:33 pm

      Thanks so so so much!

  18. August 11, 2016 / 9:45 am

    Shannon, you are pulling at my heartstrings!! I adore this poem and what a beautiful reminder to hold your babies for “too long.”

    • August 12, 2016 / 3:33 pm

      Oh, I’m so glad you liked it! Thank you, Amy!

  19. August 11, 2016 / 9:24 am

    I’m a mommy to be and you had me in tears with this. I loved it!

    • August 12, 2016 / 3:32 pm

      Aww thank you! And, congratulations!!

    • August 12, 2016 / 3:32 pm

      That’s so sweet of you to say! Thank you!

  20. August 11, 2016 / 9:07 am

    Never too long! This life is but a mist. It happens so fast and the moments are so fleeting!

  21. August 11, 2016 / 8:57 am

    So beautiful, Shannon! you are doing an amazing job and your girls are lucky to have you as their mama <3

    • August 12, 2016 / 3:31 pm

      Thank you, Chanel! I appreciate the sweet words! It doesn’t always feel that way, you know?

    • August 12, 2016 / 3:29 pm

      Ah! Thank you so much!

  22. Amanda
    August 11, 2016 / 8:26 am

    So sweet! I have to do this sometimes too. It really puts things in perspective when you are holding your sweet sleeping baby! Precious!

    • August 12, 2016 / 3:28 pm

      It really, really does! Thanks so much!

  23. August 11, 2016 / 7:56 am

    So sweet, Shannon! Loved this so much. it really hit home for me! ❤️

    • August 12, 2016 / 3:28 pm

      Thank you, Linley! I’m so glad you liked it!

    • August 12, 2016 / 3:27 pm

      Thank you so very much! The time is so fleeting!

  24. August 11, 2016 / 2:45 am

    I loved this. Thanks for sharing 💕

    • August 12, 2016 / 3:27 pm

      Thank YOU for reading!

  25. August 11, 2016 / 1:10 am

    awww I love this – it’s so true. Sometimes you just gotta have days like this!!

    • August 12, 2016 / 3:27 pm

      Yes! It’s a must for sure. Thanks for your kind words!

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