Sunday, July 22, 2012

Babies Grow Up

Really, they do. One supporting piece of evidence comes from this weeks big Announcement! Drum Roll Please! Nicolaus is no longer wearing diapers! He has been daytime potty-trained for some time, but usually soaks a diaper at naptime and by the time he wakes up in the morning. But something in his little body has obviously clicked. He has been dry for over a week. He told me yesterday evening after his bath that he doesn't want to wear them at all anymore. Whoohoo for saving about $350/year  my big boy's milestone! 

And here's the kicker! Not only is my little man no longer in diapers, but somehow I have to face the fact that he will start pre-school in September. Several people who know me well have commented about how I better have a box of tissues in the car, and my response has been how he is ready and Mommy is ready too. But today as I was laying in bed with him at naptime rubbing his back and listening to him ask me if I could just stay there and sleep with heart completely melted and for the first time realized my baby is growing up. I mean REALLY growing up. I was able to hold back the tears this afternoon, but come that first day of school, I'm not so sure. On the one hand, I am excited and eager for him to go out on his own to learn, grow and discover. On the other, I just want to preserve the kind, sensitive, happy, loving and outgoing little boy who will always be my baby. 

Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank you for blessing my family with love, health, and happiness. Be with us as we meet milestones and continue growth individually and together. Give me the strength to "let go" and allow my children to discover their true selves. Help me to foster in them a continued desire to know You and live a life lifted up by Your Grace and faith in what You have promised. I/we can't do it without You. Amen

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