Please Don't Grow upDanielle
Five years ago when I was pregnant with my oldest son, I never imagined that we would have two other children by the time he was heading into school. In fact, at that moment, I wasn’t even considering anything to do with school.
Now here we are five years later with a kindergartener on our hands, another preschooler, and of course Miss A who is kind of stuck in the school debate limbo.
As I lay in bed at night my mind often races with thoughts from the day. Sleep isn’t really a friend of mine anymore. Recently, the thought of the children growing up and going out into the world has been on my mind a lot. Especially with my oldest heading into public school and going on the bus this year. He thinks that he is such a big boy, but to me, he will always be my baby boy.
Then there is Addison. The last baby I will ever be able to call my own. And she is just not a baby anymore. She is a huge toddler, doing exactly what toddlers do — getting into everything. It is bittersweet to be watching her grow and watching her big brothers watch over and protect her even though they are so young themselves.
I guess I am just having one of those mushy mom moments. I may need to sit down and have a good cry about it all. I will probably feel much better about it all if I do that. Right?
Just as I was feeling really bummed about it all, Walt Disney offered me a little bit of help.
“Too many people grow up. That’s the real trouble with the world, too many people grow up. They forget. They don’t remember what it is like to be twelve years old. They patronize, they treat children as inferiors. Well, I won’t do that!” – Walt Disney
And neither will I Walt, neither will I!
As my children grow, I want them to continue to channel their inner child. Even though I am an adult, all I want to do is go on child-like adventures: all the places adults get funny looks if they don’t have a child with them. Like the zoo!
I know it is silly and stupid. But I just wish I could hit the pause button on time so my kids could stop growing for just a little bit. Because right now, it just seems like time is flying by way too fast!
How do you feel about your little ones growing up?
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