Observing Changes I Cannot Change

by Melanie Edwards on September 10, 2012 · 2 comments

in Baby Girl,Parenting

Big Sister Holding Little Brother's Hand

Change is good,” I recently told my six-year-old. “It often means you’re progressing and moving forward.” These days I am finding the need to remind myself of this as I watch my sweet baby girl become less baby and more girl. The change is there, staring me straight in the face and taunting my motherly need to keep her a baby.

It’s odd to have your own words playing back to you, reminding you that her growing up and becoming a little girl as opposed to a preschooler is indeed, a good thing. It means she’s growing as she should, developmentally and physically. It means life is progressing and we have much to be thankful for – a healthy daughter and days full of life.

Still…she’s my baby girl and will always be my baby, no matter how much taller than me she gets. I imagine this is somewhat how my own mami felt as I got older. Of course, it’s only now that I understand.

I sit and watch my daughter and can see how her body is physically changing to prepare for what’s to come in a few years. I see how her personality is solidifying and her beliefs forming. I see the change, little by little, and wonder what change will come next.

Her questions and curiosity show signs of her interests: a little bit of science, math, and the arts. It’s a little scary how close to a perfect mix this is of my husband and I. Will that too change one day? Will she eventually lose her ability to see the small things? Just how much of her will change?

In science, it is said that by merely observing an object, you alter the results of your experiment. I sometimes wonder how much of her I’m changing with each word I say.

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1 RubyDW September 11, 2012 at 9:28 pm

Kids do grow so fast and it’s so true that what we say changes them and molds them. I watch my kids sometimes too and its crazy and so amazing how they are developing and how they’e vocabulary is growing. Thanks for sharing this with us!

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2 modernmami September 19, 2012 at 9:11 am

It’s fun to watch them grow, but it’s a little bittersweet, right?

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