Do you ever have those moments when you suddenly notice something new about your child and you find yourself in a sudden state of disbelief thinking, “When did this happen? How did this happen?” Well, that was me last week, and something tells me that as the years go by, those moments are going to be rapidly increasing!
So I already told you all that my youngest, Kenley, was a bit of a sad sack last week with a nasty cold. Well, one morning after dropping her big sister off at preschool, I returned home with what can only be described as a completely miserable child. The poor thing was inconsolable! I pulled out all the stops…an offer of milk…juice…a banana (her favorite)…”Me Too!” (a book with babies that always makes her smile)…and the response? Utter devastation! And then it dawned on me…the computer keyboard. She LOVES the computer keyboard! She would give anything, including her last bite of banana, just to touch it! Yes! Could this be the solution? Could this be my saving grace in a time of total mind-exploding weeping and wailing?
Now, before I continue you need to understand that this would be a rare treat for Kenley. My somewhat type-A personality always makes me slightly freaked out that something will go terribly wrong if I let her have control of the keyboard, but in this moment I was desperate and I suddenly thought about an inspiring post I read on another blog. By all means, check it out! And I thought, “You know what? Why not!”
So I threw my type-A-ishness temporarily out the window, sat down at the computer with her on my lap, opened up a blank document, and prepared to let her go to town. Of course, I had my hand on the mouse at all times to avoid any disasters, if need be. (Okay, some maybe I didn’t COMPLETELY surrender the type-A) And you should have seen her! The faucet to her eyes was suddenly turned off and she looked at me like I had just shown her a huge fruit bowl over-FLOWING with bananas! I tried to encourage her that it was okay, “Go ahead…type!” It was hilarious! Do you know how many times I have caught her on her tippy toes, trying desperately to reach the keys and now I’m offering them right to her and she’s so overcome with excitement that she doesn’t know what to do! At first, she would just lightly touch, using only one finger at a time…not even hard enough to actually make a letter appear. So I took her tiny fingers (Oh, how I love those little hands!) and helped her. When characters started popping up on the screen she looked at me with that unbelievably infectious smile and gave a little giggle. It didn’t take too long for her to let loose and have fun, pressing away on the keys.
I just sat with her there and could literally feel the edges of my mouth curling up. What a cutie! I ran my fingers through her dark blond locks and THAT’s when it happened…that thing I mentioned earlier…that moment when you suddenly realize something new and you think…”What?…When?…How?” It was the moment I realized THIS was possible…
That’s right, pigtails! My baby’s hair is long enough for pigtails! When did this happen? How had I not noticed? Now, you may be thinking what’s the big deal? But this is a VERY big deal. This is yet another piece of evidence that my baby is growing into a little girl!
After the moment of disbelief passed, I realized there was no need to panic. It’s inevitable! This is GOING to happen. She’s going to grow and there are going to continue to be even bigger moments of “How?…When?” But for now, enjoy the moment, Elizabeth Ann. Just enjoy it! Don’t picture her sixteen years old, telling you about a boy she likes or imagine her packing her bags for college and get all teary-eyed. Just enjoy who she is right now…an adorable, banana-loving, hug-giving, warm, squishy-handed little monster! =)