When Alivia was born, I asked my sister who has two children (one was 15 at the time and other was 13) if she missed them being babies. She answered without hesitance “no”. In disbelief I asked “really”? I was both surprised and enlightened by her answer! After briefly explaining the things she was enjoying about my niece and nephew’s current ages, she went on to say that she thought of childhood as a temporary place for the child to become their true selves, the adult person they always had been just hadn’t grown into yet. I had to think about it for a few minutes to really grasp the concept, but I was intrigued by the idea. Could it possibly be true?
IT’S FINALLY NICE TO MEET YOU!
I look at my 3 year old today and I wonder WHO she’ll be when she’s grown. Is it possible that we don’t really meet our children until they are adults? I can imagine myself in 15 – 20 years from now looking across the room at a grown woman staring out the window. I’ll walk over to her and she’ll turn around as she hears me approaching. She has a big smile on her face. I’ll hold out my hand for her to shake and I’ll say “I’ve waited a long time for this and, although I’ve known you for your entire life, IT’S FINALLY NICE TO MEET YOU”!
I processed these photos of Alivia from Cape Cod today and all I could think of was how big she looked. I found myself questioning where my baby went. Although I am loving the age she is now, I couldn’t help feeling a tiny bit sad. I don’t like that it feels as though the time is just racing past me and my biggest fear is that I’ll miss something important. I try to remind myself, in these bittersweet moments, to step back, slow down, and live in the moment. As of now, I’m in no rush to meet Alivia. I like where we are!
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