They Grow Up So Fast – The Last Time Poem

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I’ll never get over how fast our little people grow!

Becoming a mum, I simply can’t believe how our little bundles of joy grow up so fast, and the last time poem for parents sums it up perfectly for me.

The first time I properly read the poem The Last Time was when adding it to another website. I came across The Wheels on the Bus part and I cried my eyes out. That same morning, little man immediately sang The Wheels on the Bus when I told him we were going to his swimming lesson. I then had to tell him he was actually moving into a bigger swim class that day, where they didn’t sing it anymore. The week prior was his last week of singing it at baby swimming and we didn’t even know. *Sob!*

I’m sharing this perfect poem for parents, as it always brings a tear to my eye. I often think about just how little man will grow up so fast, and I don’t want to miss any of it… and now he’s starting school. *Double Sob!*

Get your tissues out for this one mums and dads, here’s The Last Time poem text…

The Last Time Poem

From the moment you hold your baby in your arms,
You will never be the same.
You might long for the person you were before,
When you had freedom and time,
And nothing in particular to worry about.
You will know tiredness like you never knew it before,
And days will run into days that are exactly the same,
Full of feeding and burping,
Whining and fighting,
Naps, or lack of naps.
It might seem like a never-ending cycle.

But don’t forget…
There is a last time for everything.

There will come a time when you will feed
Your baby for the very last time.
They will fall asleep on you after a long day,
And it will be the last time you ever hold your sleeping child.
One day you will carry them on your hip, then set them down,
And never pick them up that way again.

You will scrub their hair in the bath one night,
And from that day on they will want to bathe alone.
They will hold your hand to cross the road,
Then never reach for it again.
They will creep into your room at midnight for cuddles,
And it will be the last night you ever wake for this.

One afternoon you will sing ‘the wheels on the bus’ and do all the actions,
Then you’ll never sing that song again.
They will kiss you goodbye at the school gate,
The next day they will ask to walk to the gate alone.

You will read a final bedtime story and wipe your last dirty face.
They will one day run to you with arms raised, for the very last time.

The thing is, you won’t even know it’s the last time,
Until there are no more times,
And even then, it will take you a while to realise.

So while you are living in these times,
Remember there are only so many of them.
And when they are gone, you will yearn for just one more day of them.

For one last time.

Author unknown.

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