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10 Degrees of Mom-Sad

**sniff, sniff**

My kids are growing up so freaking fast. As hard as I’m trying to play it cool, I’m feeling all kinds of mom-sad about it.

You know mom-sad, that deep mommy sorrow that just sits in the bottom of your big-huge mom heart. It’s that same woeful ache that reminds us how quickly time passes, the warmth and joy of family, and the understated beauty amidst the chaos.

The day you hold your child’s hand and realize it’s nearly the size of your own is the very same day you’ll vow to stop more often to cherish the wonder. You’ll attempt to take a million mental pictures, all the while knowing growing up is an inevitablity. Enter mom-sad.

Having just enrolled my youngest in Kindergarten for the fall, I’m reminded of the obvious. My babies aren’t babies anymore.

Mom heartbreak is a slow process, brought on by a variety of bittersweet firsts. How do I feel the desperate pangs of mom-sad? Let me count the ways.

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  • Parting with the baby stuff 1 of 10
    Parting with the baby stuff
    Whether you donate your baby goods to a grateful friend or store them in the attic, it hurts.
    Mom-sad score: 5 tissues

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  • Missing a first, ANY first 2 of 10
    Missing a first, ANY first
    Missing a first, no matter how small, is total Mom kryptonite.
    Mom-sad score: 5 tissues

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  • Actually 3 of 10
    Actually
    As explained by Rufus Griscom, the entire parenting game changes once your child begins using the word "actually".
    Mom-sad score: 2 tissues

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  • Starting school 4 of 10
    Starting school
    Your baby-no-more is now beginning her academic career. She walks into her classroom a child and walks out a bonafide student. What a proud mom-sad moment!
    Mom-sad score: 5 tissues

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  • Missing teeth 5 of 10
    Missing teeth
    Once those baby teeth go missing, your child is forever changed. Those bitty pearls are replaced by monster choppers that look way too big for that little kid face. Losing teeth feels an awful lot like losing a bit of your baby.
    Mom-sad score: 3 tissues

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  • No more parental PDA 6 of 10
    No more parental PDA
    "Mom, do you have to kiss me goodbye?" Sigh. The day your child prefers to keep parental affection on the DL, is the day the mom-sad knife plunges a little deeper.
    Mom-sad score: 4 tissues

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  • First crush 7 of 10
    First crush
    I wrote about the heartbreak associated with my kid having a crush that wasn't on me. Sharing his heart isn't easy.
    Mom-sad score: 4 tissues

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  • Becoming an embarrassment of parental proportions 8 of 10
    Becoming an embarrassment of parental proportions
    Your kid used to think you were the smartest, funniest, most amazing person in the world. Used to. Now you're just the person who doesn't know anything about anything.
    Mom-sad score: 3 tissues

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  • The day they stop believing… 9 of 10
    The day they stop believing...
    in Santa, the Tooth Fairy, or the Easter Bunny. Childhood magic has left the building leaving you to look like a big fat liar.
    Mom-sad score: 4 tissues

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  • Growing up 10 of 10
    Growing up
    Deodorant, training bras, shaving, and periods? Just no. Make it stop!
    Mom-sad score: 5 tissues

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