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Monday, December 7, 2009

The end of another era… {Mama Braggin’ Monday}

Every once in a while you realize that something is passing out of your life as a mom and you know you will never see it again.  Kind of like when you changed that last diaper, washed that last sippy cup or took apart the crib.  We’re not always sad to see these things go (hello… diapers?) but on some level we are because it means that our little ones are just growing up too fast for our taste.  Before we know it we will be saying good-bye to Barbies, high school and our kids themselves as they go out into the world on their own.

Well, I feel like I’ve had another one of those moments this weekend. 

Ever since we left the training swallowable toothpaste behind when she was about 3, Sarah has used some sort of kids Princess toothpaste.  For five years I have known that my little girl loved her some pink princess toothpaste.  

Then, yesterday it happened. 

8 year old: “Dad, I need more toothpaste.”

Dad: “Sure, sweetie.  We’ll go to the store probably tomorrow.”

8 year old: “But, dad, can it not be the princess kind?”

Dad: “Sure. What kind do you want?”

8 year old: “I don’t really care.  As long as it’s not the princess kind.”

I can’t believe I’m waxing nostalgic over toothpaste, but here I am… the mushy mom.  I just can’t help myself.  It just feels like this is the beginning of many more similar things to come and before I know it, she’ll be going to the prom.  Yes, it’s quite a jump to go from princess toothpaste to the prom, but you know what I mean.  It’s just one more little girl thing that I’m having to let go of. 

When I’d rather just stop time.

What has been your most recent “passing of an era” moment with your kids?


Tiffany said...

Ah I'm so sorry!!!! I hate kids growing up and at times like this feel sorry for my parents...what must they be thinking about their babies having babies. Anyway I had a moment this weekend when we had my cousins over age 8 and 10 and Dalton didn't need mommies help anymore...he was a big boy :( P.S. He turns 4 next month and I'm seriously dreading this birthday.

Cathy said...

Oh Donna! I feel your pain, girl. My "baby boy" is going to be 12 tomorrow. Tonight after his bath he said, "Hey mom, check this out!" He was showing me armpit hair. *sniff*
They are growing up way too quickly for my liking.

Sharon said...

It seems childhood passes in a moment. I don't want anymore babies, but sometimes I wish I could go back and enjoy the years when my kids were young.