Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Miss Independent...

Kerrigan has begun to realize the world is her oyster. Gone are the days were she wants to be carried. Trying to get her to hold my hand is a joke. Sitting in the stroller...not gonna happen!

She is constantly exploring the world around her, as well as the limits I attempt to set for her. She has become her own independent person.

Part of me is happy. Her discovery of her own autonomy is amazing to watch. She doesn't need me every second of every day. It is fun to watch her figure stuff out on her own.

Another part of me wants to cry. Where did my little baby go? Who is this little explorer who has replaced my timid and cautious infant?

And I know this is only the beginning- why didn't anyone warn me how hard it would be to watch her grow up?!?!?!?!

7 comments:

Brooke said...

It is bitter sweet. Good news it will make having the little man a LITTLE TINY bit easier!

CJ Sime said...

Oh oh How much do you LOVE that photo?! I adore it!

kelly said...

two thoughts - first is good luck in this stage - the independent things is sad and wonderful all at once!

second - a while back you asked how i like our stroller. i forgot to reply. i have a love hate relationship with our stroller. as it turns out, we didn't really need it as much as we thought. and it sounds like K is in the stage where she's not needing it as much. i like our stroller because it's not super wide like side-by-side strollers. it can fit through any and every door which the other types can't always do. it has TONS of storage below and lots of good mama accoutrement storage on the handle. ... but more and more, as gwenna gets bigger, i find that i like the little straps on either side for walking kids more and more. she likes to walk! the kids can face each other or not, me or not, and recline waaaaaay back. all good things. but it's heavy. like, pretty heavy for a stroller. so pushing it is a work out. and you can't jog with it. it doesn't menuver well enough. but that was NOT my operative in purchasing it. it fits in the back of our van (we have the smallest van - an MPV) with NO trouble and in the back of our Taurus just as well but my friend who had it couldn't fit it in her compact car's trunk. they got a van and knew they would be getting one, so it wasn't a big deal. but keep that in mind. some of the wheels are detachable for small space storage. oh, and the seats have to come off when you collapse it, so know that there's a small amount of assembly with the seats when you get it out. ... so, i do like it for when we need it but it is heavy (not too heavy though) and as far as i'm concerned, the pros outweigh the cons by a long shot. but it's not for small cars, jogging, really tall people (i hear the handle isn't tall for really tall people? my husband is 5'9" and has NO trouble at all.), anyone who can't lift heavy things... or people who don't like red b/c it's hard to get (and more expensive) in other colors.

wow. that was a lot. take it for what it's worth. :)

karen and co. said...

My kid's 3 now & I have to type this with one hand because he insists I hold him with the other one.

Lesley Wright said...

I feel the same way! It so hard to see them grow up. Carter is now too busy to give me more than a nanosecond hug. So sad.

Lori said...

That is so cute. I love the pictures you take, and I definitely am starting to feel some of the things you are!! Benson is just a little man now. No more baby. No more "almost a little boy." He's definitely a little person that wants to be exactly who HE decides to be. It's fun to see them grow up, but part of me wants to just hold on and say, "No no! Not yet. Mom's not ready for that!" Sheesh. We just have to keep parenting them so now THEY will make the good choices. :)

Meggie and Russ said...

So I have been super sick and I was looking at your blog and just wanted to say I miss you guys! You are some of the nicest people I know! I am so excited for your new addition! You guys are a wonderful family and little K is SO adorable! I wish we lived closer!