Friday, May 17, 2013

3 1/2 years old = ....

in our house 3 1/2 equals too much.

It means underwear. No longer are we dealing with diapers, pull ups, changing tables, wipes. Nope. We waited till our daughter was ready and now she does it. She goes in the potty and just "peeps" or "poops" as she needs to. No accidents. It's crazy. We didn't push it and it happened. Now I'm washing tiny Minnie Mouse and generic Giraffe underwear on a weekly basis.

No more high chair. Our daughter is tall for her age - over 90%. Not sure where she gets it from, but she has it. Yesterday we ate out and she didn't even need a booster. Our girl is tall.

Our baby still sleeps in a crib, but tick tock. She climbs in. Climbs out. Part of me just wants to take the one side down and put the "bed rail" up. Just to eliminate the head dropping fall into the crib every time she climbs in...the other part doesn't want me to let go....

Last but not least, is the BINKIES. Oh the darn binkies. I was never a pacifier baby. I received 2 NUK binkies at my shower and thought "weird, I won't be 'that' Mom" and then 2 weeks in, sucked raw, I tore apart our daughter's closet and found the beloved binky.... Now our 3 1/2 year old cuddles with her binky babies each night.... Well, Friday, May 31st, 2013 - we've all committed to let go of the binkies and move on. I'm sad about all of this. The binkies help her sleep and she loves them so much, but it's time to say goodbye (according to the books and the dentist....)

Sigh.

ALL these baby traits are going away too fast, but that is life right? Our little girl is amazing and growing before our eyes. Just bittersweet to say goodbye to what we've known as normal for the last 3+ years.....

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

happiest.

Today I turned 42. I woke up, husband on a business trip and sun shinning in the bedroom. I heard our daughter asking for me, and did the normal routine (open her shades, ask her about her dreams...) and she popped up and said she'd sing Happy Birthday to me once Daddy was home and they had made me my chocolate cake with chocolate frosting. She explained it was my favorite. It could be. I might be. I really don't know what kind of cake is definitely my favorite. I do like chocolate on chocolate though.

With the sun shining, I remembered my first birthday here in Seattle and having the day off from my agency gig. The sun was shinning all day, and I decided to ride my bike and go on an adventure. It was a good birthday.

Today, after dropping our girl off to preschool, I decided to hop on my old beach cruiser and go around the lake solo. Just me and my old, favorite bike.

The rest of my day was filled with such sweetness. Friends on FB sending me messages. Hand picked flowers from my daughter's school friend. Special hugs from 2 sweet brothers at her school. Flowers and handmade card from my friend's dear son. Handmade art from our daughter. Flowers from my man. Cards and gifts in the mail - all on this day. And let me not forget the chocolate on chocolate with a day filled with sunshine and a rainbow on our way home from dinner.

I am thankful for all these generous gestures today. I feel like these sweet moments happen often, not just on my birthday, but I don't look for them. That's going to change.

I felt very loved and appreciated today.

Thank you.