It's the thank you's, here you go's and bless you's recently that have struck me. I turned around this week and my little baby had turned into a growing young girl! She's independent, curious, stubborn, loving, loud, sweet and smart. She sings to me, laughs at me, plays tricks and makes friends. She smiles and the world melts. I just can't believe how much she has grown.
Tonight, after bath time, I put on her pajamas, combed her hair and she brushed her teeth. Sofia yawned and I asked her if she was ready to go to bed (nearly an hour before her normal bedtime!) and she said, "yeah". Huh? So, we went into her room, grabbed a book and started reading. After a short potty break and one more story from Dad, she dozed off without any protest.
I never expected being a parent to feel as it does. There are days when I want to pull my hair out and milliseconds that have the power to erase the feelings of insanity and frustration. It's the little moments of, "mmm, tasty!" that I never want to forget.
I keep thinking back to the fall when Chris was gone for work. Sofia was tough, I was worn out and I never felt like thing were going as they should. All I could do was think forward and remind myself that "this period won't last forever". But now, I am kind of wishing it will...