and in her place is a beautiful little girl.
We all have those moments when it is clear that our children are growing. KayLynn says 'Michael' now. Not 'Minol' - 'Michael'. She says full sentences - not two-word phrases linked together.
Watching her grow is bitter-sweet. I love who she is becoming. I love that she is bright and cheerful. I enjoy watching her interact with people/animals/rocks...
But somehow watching her grow and seeing these milestones pass just reminds me how fast it is all happening. I know that the goal of parenting is to 'work yourself out of a job'. If we have done our job well, our children need/want us less and less.
So, I may hug her a little longer than she would like or stroke her hair even though she dramatically grabs her head and says, 'owee'. I will probably let the dishes go for the evening to play on the floor with her. I will definately sneak into her bedroom to watch her chest rise and fall while she breaths - just to hold on a little bit longer to my baby.