Sometimes it doesn’t hurt for us to remember to take some time out to focus on the little things. We spend so much time planning for the futures of our children and for the greater plans for ourselves, that it is very easy for us not to live in the moment and take stock of what is going on right now. Whilst I was waiting to give birth last week I came across another gorgeous idea from Naomi from Seven Cherubs about the the importance of “cherishing our cherubs” and taking the time to note down or photograph the little things that will one day become the big things we look back on and cherish about our children. You may remember The Happiness Project which required us to write down a simple sentence each day for a month about something that made us happy that day. This was a great way for us to come up with a positive thought to finish the day. With this idea Naomi has asked for people to link back to her blog with some snippets of the day to day life of our children, to record the things we may take for granted now but may forget in the years to come. So as I had time to ponder from my hospital bed and with my iphone at hand ready to jot down some notes and take some pics, I decided to note down some of the little things, the sayings, the moments and give myself some memories of this very special time. Here are a few of them, and I hope that you too are able to do something similiar. If there is something I have learnt from my first 4 boys, it is that time goes way too fast and we do forget so many of the little things they do, the things they say, the looks they give, the things they like and the thoughts they have. This is what I wrote at 2am the morning after giving birth to my 5th beautiful son: ‘I am so in love with you already. Despite being exceptionally tiresI am more keen to stay awake to watch you breathe. I love that all your brothers were here to meet you and got to cuddle you straight away. Welcome to the world my precious little man.’ My 9 year old 2 days after giving birth: “How are you mum?” … “I’m fine thanks darling”… “No, I mean how are you really mum? You have had surgery and a pretty big couple of days?”……he’s my Mr sensitive! My 2 year olds reaction to his new brother: Watching my 2 year old with his new little brother has been amazing. We were a little concerned that his current standing of the “cute baby” may leave him a little jealous, but he couldnt have been more proud. The way he sat up on the bed, asked for a “cuddle” and proceeded to know exactly what to do as he showered his brother with kisses was a gorgeous sight. The homecoming from my 8 year old: sometimes the strength of the cuddle says a thousand words. My 11 year old on turning up to the hospital on his way home from school camp, where obviously a little lesson in reproduction and the human body was included in a visit to the museum: “So I found out the ingredients on how to have a baby”….”Please tell me there is another way”….”That is the grossest thing ever!” So just a couple of snippets from the past week. Whilst not every week will be as monumental as that, the idea remains the same. So jot down anything funny your child says, take photos of them now, how they are today, write down their favourite song, tv show or food and help create some memories to cherish. Record their lives as they are today.