I have had this bassinet for 14 years. It held my three babies for their first few months of life. It was settled into almost every room of the house at one point during the long, tired days of newborn life- the baby sleeping wherever I was at.
This bassinet has been passed down through my extended family to hold many babies over the years. The time has come to pass this on to my sister and her little one whose arrival we are anticipating in October. As excited as I am for a new family being stitched together, I am sad to see this part of our history come to an end.
It’s time to cradle a new life.
My time is done. My babies are now 13, 9, and 5. We’ve moved past the bassinet, the pacifiers, the bottles, and the diapers. Each season ending amidst joy for the new mixed with sadness for the old.
Just when you think this time will always be here and you don’t see an end, it all changes and time marches on.
Your babies have grown too big for the bassinet next to your bed (or their crib, or their first bike, or their childhood). It’s time to let go. Your heart hurts a little. Sit in the sadness for a bit. Then, hold your little one and embrace the new tomorrow together while being teary-eyed yet thankful for the past and how far you’ve come.
Be grateful for the precious gift of the bassinet.