The Gift of Ordinary Days

I blogged last week about how things have been hard. Aside from a death in the family, Punky has been unwell and teething and that has made for some whinging of epic proportions and I've struggled to cope.

I've been guilty of losing my patience, getting angry, wishing that she would just.stop.crying!

But the last few days have been brilliant. The cold is clearing and the teeth have stopped giving her so much grief and she is the happy, vibrant little girl I've been so used to.
Selfies while waiting for dinner to cook tonight
Tonight I was scrolling through Facebook and came across a video that was shared on the Pinky McKay page and it bought me to tears.

I could blame the pregnancy hormones, but the truth of the matter is that I would have cried whether I was pregnant or not. The video is called "The Gift of an Ordinary Day", and its a recording of author Katrina Kenison reading a chapter of her book of the same name.

I wrote a post a year ago tomorrow titled So, So Fast. Punky was a few days off 5 months. In it I lamented...
I think about this every day, how fast it is going, how one day soon Punky won't want to be near me all the time, and sit on my lap and be rocked, won't fall asleep on my chest or think that I truly am the funniest, best person in the world. It's not fair that it goes so fast, so I have to try and embrace every moment, even the crappy ones because one day soon those moments will be gone and all I will want is them back.
It's kinda weird that I would see a video tonight that reminded me again of those sentiments, reminded me of something that I wrote exactly a year ago, and reminded me of those words exactly when I needed them most.

The video is about 7 and a half minutes long but I really urge you to watch it. You won't realise how long its gone for once you get to the end. You'll be reaching for a tissue, and your babies, and wanting to hold them tight.

My apologies if you've seen this video already but I just had to share it.
Do you struggle like me some days to cherish the ordinary, to hold close those moments that feel like right now they will last forever, but really, in the blink of an eye, they will be but a distant memory, one that we are desperate to relive?

I hope you all have a fabulous weekend and are gifted with some ordinary days. I'm linking this post up with the fabulously extraordinary Grace for Flog Yo Blog Friday.

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Kylie Purtell said…
A gorgeous post, Kylie. It is so easy to get caught - and stuck - in the crappy moments. But the bigger picture is almost always much brighter, much happier, much more worth being stuck in. I'm glad that the last few days have been kinder to you all, and truly hope that it continues. Loved the clip, too. X
Kylie Purtell said…
I soooo did not get a slight twinge in one eye on the bus watching this
Kylie Purtell said…
I saw the video before and it is definitely worth sharing again and again.
Hold on fast to those moments because they certainly go by too fast. This coming from the mama whose little one is turning 4 in less than a month!

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Kylie Purtell said…
This reminds me so much of The Mother Tongue at DPCon13.
I'm moved. I really understand when my own Mum says that she didn't want us to grow up.
Cherish everything. X
Kylie Purtell said…
This was so beautiful. Tonight, I will cuddle my boys extra tight and cherish every word of the boys bed time book (no matter how many times I have to read it!)
Kylie Purtell said…
I find on ordinary days I want some excitement, some drama, but then drama happens and I think "Why can't shit just be easy!??!" I guess it's the drama days that help us appreciate the ordinary ones. x
Kylie Purtell said…
Oh, Kylie. I'm so glad I watched that video. Her words just flowed so perfectly. Thank you so much for sharing. Off to give my sleeping twinlets a kiss x
Kylie Purtell said…
I'm glad she's on the mend Kylie - hopefully now you'll have some quiet time to grieve your Aunt.. Thinking of you xx
Kylie Purtell said…
I'll come back and watch the vid later. I'm a huge fan of ordinary days right now, since everything here has been so busy.
It does go too fast, and I hate thinking we're missing moments
Kylie Purtell said…
Thank you so much for sharing this *sniffle*. It's beautiful. I'm sharing it with my loved ones too.
Kylie Purtell said…
Teething can be such a hard time, and I cry at the drop of a hat, doesn't take me much to blub about something - pregnant or not. I'm trying very hard to enjoy the everyday but it's hard to just go with the flow when my 3 are destroying my house, but I'm trying VERY hard. Em x
Kylie Purtell said…
Mala is teething at the moment too. One of those massive molars have spent the last three days moving around but not quite through yet. It breaks my heart seeing her in pain.

I try so hard not to wish away the kids' lives. I want them to stay little forever. I worry about the age when Ned won't want to give me cuddles all the time. When he won't randomly say he loves me any more. I love my ordinary days. After being a thrill seeker for most my 20s and early 30s now my ordinary days keep me sane.


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