With your first child, every milestone is a meticulously recorded and talked about. I remember when jack was really young EVERYTHING was a big deal...we oo'd and awe'd at his animal sounds, we enthusiastically cheered when he learned patti-cake, we took pictures when he learned to sit up and crawl, we took videos and made phones calls over his first steps, yada yada yada...you get the picture.
But with your second child things are a little different. Those momentous milestones are, well, not SUCH a huge deal. Though we still take a million pictures and relish in the cuteness, there is just something different. I mean, she certainly isn't "jipped" in the attention department, and we do enjoy watching her darling personality develop, but still...something is amiss. I have put a lot of thought into this lately because I feel like Bianca is all the sudden "grown-up", and I don't even think we have taught her patti-cake or any animal sounds yet. I know, mom of the year award over here!!
What really started my thinking was this sequence. I was sitting across from her at the breakfast table, and we were just two gals, enjoying a nice bowl of Cheerios. Then it dawned in me...
WAIT...when did she stop sitting in her high chair? when did she learn how to use a spoon?
When has she watched daddy do this so many times that she caught on?
When did she grow up from my baby into this independent "little girl"?
I sat and watched her take bit after bite of those Cheerios, and then I made a resolve. I have resolved to pay more attention...to pay more attention to those little things that mean my kids are growing up.
And may all of you do the same!
Now, if you will excuse me I am going to teach my daughter what a horsey says.