We recently bought my three-and-half year old daughter two new car seats. We took out the bulky and difficult (but super safe) five-point harness contraptions and replaced them with the more stylish one-click seatbelt booster seats in each of our family’s cars.
Bye-bye bland five-point harness (left) and “hello” to a more stylish booster seat (son’s green seat on left, daughter’s new pink chair on right)
Swapping out those seats was not only a rite of passage for my daughter, moving to a “big girl” chair – but also for The Hubs and me. Those seats were the last bits of baby gear in our home and I’ve come to the realization that there are no more babies in my house. No more cribs, pack ‘n plays, strollers, high chairs, sippy cups and potty chairs in this household!
Don’t get me wrong – I do not miss the sleepless nights, multiple feedings, baby bottles, formula or diapers. I actually did a fist-pump on the day that we were able to toss out the stinky Diaper Genies. It boggles the mind at how much “stuff” you accumulate for a little baby.
Today both of my kidlets sleep through the night, eat, dress (mostly), and use the bathroom all on their own and I’m thankful for that. However, a little part of me is sad because it seems that time is speeding by and that they are growing up so fast.
I can hardly believe that my boy is already half-way thru kindergarten and that my daughter is old enough for ballet and gymnastic classes. Every day they do or say at least one thing that amazes me. Turns out my son is a whiz at math and my daughter is incredibly empathetic. They both are creative and have great senses of humor. I often step back in wonder looking at them and asking myself “who is this little person?”!
In what sometimes seems like an instant, I’ve gone from changing diapers and dutifully filling out their baby books to organizing school schedules, reviewing homework and scheduling a variety of extracurricular activities/playdates. Next thing I know they’ll be driving, going on college visits and I’ll be dancing ay their weddings! Okay, so that sentence was a little over-dramatic (and I can wait as long as possible for the driving).
I have noticed though that I’ve started to lose my “all knowing” status with my kidlets. They are making their own choices and are deciding their own dreams. They also now have a variety of friends, experiences and, of course, media which help to influence them.
I guess what I’m saying is that as happy as I am to get rid of the baby gear, I’m having trouble letting go of my kidlet’s babyhood.
I’m torn. As much as I would like to freeze time and have them stay this little forever, I’m also anxious for them to develop and grow. I’m curious about how their lives will unfold and what kind of people they will eventually be.
But that’s all in the future at this point. I’m glad that my kidlets haven’t yet grown out of reading books aloud before bedtime, mommy kisses and lots of snuggles. I can guarantee you that they’ll get lots of those tonight!
Now it’s your turn to share. What do you wish most for your children?
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