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On a Personal Note….Happy Birthday

Posted by gppasswords On October - 9 - 2010


My daughter Julie had been looking forward to the day forever, but I was quietly dreading it. She turned 5 and was thrilled beyond belief. Though I had a smile plastered on my face and we had a great day, I couldn't help but feel a little blue. My baby girl is 5!! That may seem silly...especially to parents of even older kids who might be reading this. I bet if you think back, though, you might remember your kids turning 5 as a little milestone. For some reason "5" just seems so big to me. Little by little she's growing up more each day.  Each day she needs me less and less. Scott and I were relaxing in our bed this morning as Julie played quietly by herself downstairs. (For some reason, my 17-month-old son, Johnny was sleeping later than usual.) It was a wonderful feeling, but then I felt something in the pit of my stomach---the realization that she doesn't need me anymore. She didn't even come in to ask me for a drink or breakfast or to play Barbies with her. She goes to the bathroom by herself, brushes her teeth, gets something to eat, puts her dishes in the dishwasher, cleans up her messes---all by herself! It seems like I've been waiting for a self-sufficient little girl for eternity. Now that I have her, I can't help but miss the days when I carried her around on my hip like she was my little baby doll. Now she has her own feelings and opinions and she picks out her own clothes to wear in the morning, and no matter how much I want to do her hair in piggie tails, if she wants her hair straight, that's her choice. As I tucked her in to bed that night and we read "Golidlicious" ( a birthday gift from Scott and me), Julie looked at me and said, "Mommy, tomorrow's not my birthday, but I'll still be 5, right?" I smiled in triumph. She still was my innocent little girl.

 

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