Flash cards. A lone soccer sock that can't be found. Hair "clippies" in my pocket. Cheerios, chicken nuggets, and fries under the car seats. HUGS! A strategically placed lego that you step on in the middle of the night. Buying a team t-shirt so your child knows you are on "their side". Birthday cakes and ice cream. Sleepless nights. A sweet little hand, wrapped around your finger right after being born. Parent/Teacher Conferences. Sippy cups with curdled milk stashed behind the couch. The sound of little feet coming down the stairs. "I love you mommy" notes on your favorite stationary. Having "the talk". Alligator tears. Report cards. Sticky door knobs. New shoes. The gift of a handful of rocks from the playground at recess. Hearing about his/her first kiss. The Tooth Fairy. Working on school projects together. Pop-Tart smeared on your shoulder (where YOU can't see it) by little hands when you were dropping them off at daycare. Itsy Bitsy Spider. Saying prayers at bedtime. Learning to ride a bike. "Over spray" on and around the toilet. Hearing your child say their first words. Crayon drawings on the walls. A smiling toddler with a turd floating in the bathtub. Pacifiers! Cozy blankets. Spelling. Being the "mean mommy" because it's the right thing to do. Slamming doors. Piles and piles of laundry. Dr. Seuss. Halloween costumes that they wait all year to dress up as. Baby lotion. Patience under fire. The first steps. Hearing your kids mimic you when they think you aren't paying attention. Little voices singing. Tub toys.
....Knowing that they will be grown before you know it.