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Milestones: When moving forward means letting go

Published on BabyCenter.com, by Leah Speer

Do you ever feel like you can’t wait for the next stage or milestone, but you aren’t ready for them to leave another one behind?

I remember when I couldn’t wait to help my kids with homework and discuss how their day at our local awesome elementary school went. I couldn’t wait to shuttle them to soccer practice. I was so excited to take them to movies without having to think about whether or not they’d sit still and actually watch the movie.

Me with my toddler Luke

Me with my toddler Luke

Those days are here now. And I love those things, even though homework can seem to test everyone’s patience now and then. And soccer has since turned to tennis, golf and baseball. But, I still very much enjoy going to all of those practices and games.

Now I look forward to their independence and discussing books and going with them to the movies to see something I’ll actually be excited to watch. But, when those things start to happen, I might have to say good bye to long snuggles at bedtime and other sweet things like that.

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Before I had Jack, there was a small part of me that was sad that I no longer had babes in diapers. There wasn’t anyone small enough to lie in my arms and let me feed them. There were no sippy cups in my house any more. Or cribs.

Then, 9 months ago…

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