Wishing the moments away

Yesterday, you climbed into my lap for a snuggle,
And I thought of the tasks that I needed to juggle,
So instead of letting myself make the most of the cuddle
Impatiently waited for it to be through.


All those times in the night when you had to be fed;
All the hours I spent sitting next to your bed;
Thinking of the things I could be doing instead;
Worrying about everything I needed to do.


Those times you would sleep, cuddled up on my chest;
Moments I took for granted, when it must be confessed
I forgot to look down at you, and just looked at the mess,
Almost wishing those moments away.


A much smaller Sophie having snuggles with Mummy - "Wishing the moments away"


Then I blinked: you were running here, there, everywhere
And I found myself missing those moments we shared,
As cuddling up on the sofa became increasingly rare.
Rejected in favour of play.


This morning, we stopped for a moment to snuggle,
And I forgot all the tasks that I needed to juggle;
Instead stopping to take in the bliss of the cuddle
And that precious moment of being with you.


Inspired by Mum Turned Mom for The Prompt #125 – “Comfort”


Cuddle Fairy


  1. September 28, 2016 / 6:21 am

    Beautiful. It really is hard to appreciate what we have when we know everything else we have to juggle. But taking the time to stop and be in the moment makes all the moments worthwhile! #BloggerClubUK

    • Louise
      September 28, 2016 / 9:49 pm

      Thank you – I don’t stop as often as I would like but it is beautiful when I do stop and appreciate the moment 🙂

  2. September 28, 2016 / 6:48 am

    ‘that precious moment of being with you’ – oh this is so beautiful and is really going to stay with me. Treasure those moments so much more than perhaps we do. Just lovely, Louise xx #BloggerClubUK

    • Louise
      September 28, 2016 / 9:51 pm

      Thank you – I don’t treasure those moments enough but now that they’re becoming less frequent, I’m learning to stop and enjoy them x

  3. September 28, 2016 / 7:59 am

    Oh, that’s beautiful Louise, I love your poetry. We’ve had a week of lots of cuddles as Max has had a cold, and I’m definitely guilty of thinking about all those things I’ve not managed to do. But they’re becoming increasingly rare these days, and I do love them – takes me right back to when he was little. #bloggerclubuk

    • Louise
      September 28, 2016 / 9:53 pm

      Thank you so much Katy – it does make you appreciate them a little more when they start becoming rarer. Hope Max feels better soon x

  4. September 28, 2016 / 9:40 am

    Oh this is such a lovely poem Louise. Also a real poignant reminder that we have to make the most of the now and those cuddles. I am dreading the day when they stop wanting cuddles. I won’t let it happen and will be one of those parents that insist their children hug them outside the school gates! #bloggerclubuk

    • Louise
      September 28, 2016 / 9:53 pm

      Thank you Emma – I think I will end up being one of those parents too – I don’t want them to get to the point where they no longer want the cuddles!

  5. September 28, 2016 / 12:45 pm

    This actually made me choke up, it really hit a chord. I need to stop thinking about the things I’ve got to do and just focus on snuggle time. xx #bloggerclubuk

    • Louise
      September 28, 2016 / 9:54 pm

      So difficult to do though sometimes isn’t it – I’m certainly guilty of thinking of my to-do list more than I focus on the snuggles.

  6. September 28, 2016 / 3:54 pm

    Louise this is gorgeous! I recently wrote a rhyme about how TM won’t nap in his cot, only on me, but you’re so right – these moments won’t last forever. Lovely snuggly picture! #BloggerClubUK

    • Louise
      September 28, 2016 / 9:55 pm

      Thank you Ellen – I remember those days of Sophie mostly falling asleep on me and they feel like a very long time ago now!

  7. Pippa
    September 28, 2016 / 11:19 pm

    Oh how I wish I could step back in time
    And pick up where I left off with those babies of mine
    To sit and snuggle and enjoy that one last cuddle
    But alas it’s too late now so I have to make do
    with the next generation Of which I have two
    Don’t rush your child’s life and wish them away
    take time to just sit and watch them play
    The washing can wait the dinner be late
    Just sit and snuggle enjoy one last cuddle

    • Louise
      September 30, 2016 / 12:29 pm

      Oh if only we could go back now and then
      To stop and enjoy that precious time when
      Our babies were small: without the sleep deprivation
      Plus the knowledge of hindsight would bring new appreciation
      But sadly we can’t so those moments we share
      Will be more fully enjoyed because they’re so rare
      Thanks for your comment and for taking the time
      To respond with such a wonderful rhyme!

  8. September 29, 2016 / 8:11 am

    This is something that all mums are guilty of – and is totally normal. It’s easy to become stressed about all the jobs that have to be done.
    Lovely ending to the poem 🙂 xx

    • Louise
      September 30, 2016 / 12:32 pm

      Thank you Kathryn – definitely normal but I’ve learned to appreciate those snuggles more now they are becoming less frequent!

  9. September 29, 2016 / 1:06 pm

    Aw that’s so lovely Louise. You’re right, we all need to make the most of the moments that might seem time-sapping at the time but actually they’re the moments that matter.

    • Louise
      September 30, 2016 / 12:41 pm

      Thank you Nat – it is hard to appreciate them when our little ones are small and we are struggling with all the challenges that babyhood and toddlerhood bring but now that those moments are dwindling, I realise how precious they were x

  10. September 29, 2016 / 7:03 pm

    Awww this is so beautiful and so very true. It can be so hard to let go of the constant stream of things we are supposed to be doing and just be in the moment. I do miss those cuddles with Boo as she is too busy for me now and doesn’t want to sit still! It really doesn’t feel like it during those long sleepless nights when they are babies but time does go so very fast.

    • Louise
      September 30, 2016 / 12:44 pm

      Thank you Jenni – definitely agree that it didn’t feel like time went fast during the sleepless nights but now that these little ones are growing up, it feels like it whizzed past!

  11. September 29, 2016 / 7:06 pm

    I love this. It captures how I feel a lot of the time, that guilt about what I should be doing. I have Wednesdays off and determine not to worry and just spend the time playing with my baby. Your poem is very thought provoking #Prose4T

    • Louise
      September 30, 2016 / 12:48 pm

      Thank you Michelle – so easy to get caught up in worrying about the to-do list, isn’t it?

  12. September 30, 2016 / 10:06 am

    Love this, Louise – I can really empathise. Will be putting it in my BritMums roundup!

    • Louise
      September 30, 2016 / 1:03 pm

      Thank you so much Maddy – glad you enjoyed it 🙂

  13. September 30, 2016 / 3:49 pm

    Gorgeous and heartfelt!

    • Louise
      October 1, 2016 / 10:37 pm

      Thank you Louise 🙂

  14. October 1, 2016 / 2:09 pm

    Hi Louise , you’ve really managed to capture what it’s like being a Mum perfectly. Often it’s not until the moments have passed that we learn to appreciate them.


    • Louise
      October 3, 2016 / 1:11 pm

      Thank you Debbie – so true x

  15. October 3, 2016 / 5:34 pm

    Ah, I can relate to this so much, especially now that cuddles like this are so few and far between. Important to remember to take a moment every so often and savour. Thank you so much for sharing with #ThePrompt x

  16. October 4, 2016 / 2:59 pm

    This is just perfect! I love the rhythm and you are so right with those words. Thank you for linking to Prose for Thought x

  17. October 4, 2016 / 3:43 pm

    Very well done. We all fall into this trap so easily, and then bemoan how fast time seems to be going. Important to remember to stop and appreciate these moments #thetruthabout

  18. October 4, 2016 / 4:45 pm

    Beautiful and so very true. I often have to catch myself when I am doing the same thing and just enjoy the moment! #thetruthabout

  19. October 4, 2016 / 7:54 pm

    What a sweet poem Louise. So true though – it’s way too easy to take our children and their need for us at this young age for granted. We definitely need to be mindful of that and soak up the beauty of these fleeting moments. Thanks so much for linking up to #thetruthabout this week – nice to see you back! Xx

  20. October 4, 2016 / 8:53 pm

    Brilliant. Really brilliant. A pleasure to read and so true. #Prose 4 Thought

  21. October 5, 2016 / 2:23 pm

    This is such a beautiful poem. My favorite line is “I forgot to look down at you, and just looked at the mess.” Guilty.

  22. October 7, 2016 / 12:47 pm

    Just beautiful and so true. I love your words #theprompt

  23. October 13, 2016 / 2:04 pm

    This is such a lovely poem, very piognant and a great reminder children grow really quickly and we should cherish the time we have with them.

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