I'm a proud mom of a beautiful 20 month old boy. Today, like every day, I woke up to his cry and as we began our usual routine I was overwhelmed with sadness and joy all at the same time. Life's routines overwhelm us and we forget to live each moment fully. As I got him out of bed I greeted him with my usual hugs and kisses. From there we moved on to the big bed where I change and dress him every morning. As I was rushing to put on his diaper he started to squirm away and play. I of course got him back to dressing and he said something that stopped me in my tracks. He looked at me with his big green eyes and said " Mama hug." It just hit me that babies and kids in general have this sense of now. They don't take any moment for granted and they have no concept of the right time or the right place. Each moment is an opportunity for them to live life at its fullest. Rushing to dress him seemed like a silly thing to do when my boy wanted to cuddle and hug. Who cares about time and schedules, and anything else that gets in the way of enjoying one of life's greatest gifts, my son. I'm lucky enough to be a stay at home mom, and us moms put a lot of pressure on ourselves about what we should do and when. Sometimes this takes away from the very thing that we have dedicated ourselves to. This is why I want to be there, to enjoy these few stolen moments, before he'll be to cool and too old to give mama cuddles. For his 20 months my son is very wise and I love him very much.