Saturday, September 1, 2012
There's nothing like looking at old photos to experience your meaningful significance. Digital slideshows of years past easily make us wonder where time went. First one notices how tiny the kiddos used to be; then one realizes how old we have become.
On a day-to-day basis, we don't see how much our children grow. During back-to-school time of the year, we see how much other kids have grown because we haven't seen them in a few months. A friend of mine, upon seeing Dear Daughter, gasped at how much she's grown over the summer. I looked at her and thought, really? We parents may not notice the daily tiny bits of growth in our own kiddos, but there exist a few subtle clues. Here are my Top Ten notable signs that my kiddos are growing up.
10. When you realize your child is wearing flood pants or three-quarter sleeves that were not meant to be. #GrowingLikeWeeds
9. When all of a sudden DD can get her own clean plate from the cupboard and serve herself a snack from the top shelf of the pantry. Or when one day Dear Son opens the garage door by pressing its button on his tippy toes, all by himself. #OutOfReachHasNewMeaning
8. (I always chuckle at the innocence of little kids who go to the potty with the door wide open when there are guests in the house.) When children voluntarily close the door while using the restroom, you know that they've learned a thing or two about 'privacy'. #HeyNoPeeking
7. When your kids begin a sentence with "When I was a baby..." #BabiesNoMore
6. When children begin to explore foods beyond mac and cheese, hot dogs, and hamburgers at a sit-down restaurant, you know they are no longer satisfied with the Kids' Menu. DD has started asking to try new foods, including sushi and vegetables! #ItsAboutTime
5. Speaking of food, when your child starts to eat more than you, get ready to 'go hungry or go broke'. Voracious appetites signal extra caloric needs for a growth spurt. #FromMyPlateToTheirs
4. When your child no longer needs 'the lovey'. It happened for DD one day out of the blue when she was five. DS is still attached to his, but only at bedtime. #LonesomeLovies
3. When kiddos request a makeover of their room decor or favorite DVR show recordings, you know they are moving on to newer, better things. #EndOfAnEra
2. When after many years of violin practice at home, I finally realized that I needed to raise the music stand for DD--by a good four inches! #GetWithItMama
1. When your kiddos can make comebacks at you all on their own with their Sassy Mouths, you know your reign is over. #WheresMyParentingManual
I'm at a point where motherhood has gotten just a bit easier with both kiddos becoming more self-sufficient than ever. But removing the Wow, Wow Wubbzy recordings and iCarly wall decals sort of hit a sensitive nerve in Dear Husband and me. I think it will always go something like this: the kiddos move on while we parents still look back, unwilling to let go of what they've let go so easily. For a moment, we really want to scoop up the dirt in which they left their footprints and keep them safely put away in a memory box. But in the next moment, we are chasing them down that One Way path and just as eager to see what is up the road ahead.
These real-life signs of the kiddos' growth are even more profound than looking at old photos, because they are happening in real time and in your face. So, Blink-of-an-Eye, even though you are an illusion--since Time is only steadily moving forward--you still remind us that today may be a day that we look back on fondly.
Before the kiddos move onto something newer, better, and tweenier.