Thursday, February 19, 2009

Where Did the Time Go?

I just wrote an email with the title:

#1's Baptism

[well, technically, it said her name, but since this is the blog, you'll just have to deal with the anonymity, eh?]

This email title kind of freaked me out. I mean, I remember sending a similar email just yesterday that had the title, "#1's Baby Blessing." I swear I did! Didn't I?

When did she grow up? Isn't she still that tiny baby who I snuggled and held in the night? Isn't she still that little girl who introduced me into an entirely new world called motherhood? Now she's tall, she has big feet, she's losing all her teeth (and getting a very crooked set), she laughs at grown-up jokes, and she reads novels. When did this happen!?

Granted, her baptism won't be until May, but's been almost 8 years. I know to parents with children getting married, going on missions, or heck! entering high school may scoff and laugh at my astonishment at how time has multiplied so quickly --and that's okay. I'm sure I will feel the same way now as I will when she turns 12. And 16. And 18...and goes to college...and gets married...and has her own babies. But for now, I will be grateful my astonishment is only at seeing her reach the age of accountability. Eight years old is still young; I have her for a few years, yet!

It's still weird, though. As per a conversation with my mother:

me: Mom, I'm going to be 30!
mom: I know.
me: Isn't that crazy? Doesn't that just weird you out?
mom: No, not really. It's not weird that you are turning 30 --but it's weird because it means I'm old enough to have a 30 year old! What does it say about my age!?

See. It's weird I have an 8 year old (almost). Where, oh, where did the time go?


Mama Krit said...

how funny! They grow up so fast. Males me cherish the time have with mine.

Alison Wonderland said...

I feel you. Oh I so feel you.

Never A True Aggie said...

I know. 12 is just around the corner! It freaks me out. I want her to stay young for just a little longer. I am loving this age because she is still a kid, but so fun to be with. Good luck with the baptism. Hopefully you will not have to plan it all. Also, congrats on the baby!

flip flop mama said...

So true. Each age is such an adventure. My mom always gets a little depressed when she remembers that my sister is 32. She's always hated growing older.

blogging and bliss~ said...

I didn't realize that your oldest was only 8... I figured we got married at the same time so our oldest would be the same age. My #2 is going to turn 8 this Dec! Man and my #1 will turn 10! Man I feel you about Where has all the time gone? But I guess time just marches on whether you are ready or not.

Cheryl said...

blogging and bliss-
I think we did get married around the same time, but I didn't have #1 until I was 22...

Steph @ Diapers and Divinity said...

I know just what you mean. For me the trigger was my son losing his teeth. I thought, "didn't you just GROW those?!" It's all good, though, right? .... :)