I remember nodding politely when my friends would say in a somewhat sad tone, "Gosh, they just grow so fast." I understood conceptually what they were saying. And I pride myself in the fact that I never, not even once, rolled my eyes at this seemingly dramatic declaration. But, I never really understood the truth of the statement. And I certainly didn't comprehend the feeling that accompanies it.
I do now.
How did we go from this:
Don't get me wrong, the growing milestones are fun. It seems Lana does something **AMAZING** everyday. These little strides in her development make me both giddy, and incredibly proud, at the same time. But tonight, while treating her to her nightly "massage" after bathtime, I caught my little no-longer newborn doing this:
!!!!!!!!! It's just a matter of time before she is downright mobile!!! It was just yesterday she couldn't hold her little head up!!!
And now as I repeatedly wipe the drool from her perfect little chin, I have stopped myself more than once frm crying as I think about how much I will miss this:
That BIG, BEAUTIFUL, TOOTHLESS grin. Oh, God, how I love the toothless grin.
And, everyday this gets just a little bit longer:
(Above was taken on the day she sported her very first ponytail)
My little Pebbles. ahhhhhh.
So, yes it is absolutly generic. And it is undoubedly a cliche. But it is absolutely true. They do grow too fast. And the feeling of gratitude, mixed with a little bit of sadness, that comes with having the honor of witnessing it - - - well it is almost too potent to bear.
I love this little girl.
And I'm so lucky to be her mommy :)