Eden is almost 3…
She’s growing up, which is exciting yet sad. She’s our fourth and our last, and as she outgrows the baby stages the reality hits us that this will be the last time we get to experience them.
So we soak it in, we laugh, we don’t encourage her to “hurry” and grow up like we did with the others, keeping it slow so we can enjoy each step.
I now see why sometimes the youngest is forever considered the “baby”.
Eden is caught in between being a
and a baby…
(“big girls” don’t use paci’s, “babies” do)
most of the time she delights in
the praises of being a “big girl”…
(especially getting to sleep in her “big girl” bed)
until she’s gone long enough without it,
and decides it’s not worth it,
and wants the comfort of her paci…
then she looks at me and simply says
“I’m a baby.”
“give me my paci.”
It’ll happen someday,
we’ll eventually make it a whole day without the paci,
but since she’s our fourth
and our last,
I want to savor her little-ness,
I’m not in any huge hurry
for her to be a “big girl”.
I’m going to miss shopping
with a little one
riding on the end of my cart
(her adorable hat was sent to us by the sweet girls
When we were at Disney a couple of weeks ago
my family insisted we ride the Kali River Rapids
(which I loathe because you get soaked
and have wet jeans the rest of the day,
but I didn’t want to be a party pooper so I got on)
and I was holding a t-shirt over my head to help stay dry,
and Ryan got the urge to be funny,
and yanked the t-shirt off my head,
and my sunglasses that were also on top of my head
flung into the water
and we watched them float away…
So today Eden helped me shop for new ones.
She is so much fun
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We let the kids each pick out a new ornament for the
Christmas tree every year.
The kids get to pick out WHATEVER they want and
they get to put it WHEREVER they want on the tree.
I’m a little surprised how excited they get with this little tradition,
and I love that there is a little piece of them on the tree!
1. Eden picked out Hello Kitty
2. Tessa picked out a pink flamingo
(because nothing says “Merry Christmas” like a pink flamingo!)
3. Jonah picked out the silver trumpet-
I think he thought it would really work
4. Caleb picked out the gold star- it actually looks great on the tree!
And my contribution,
I purchased at Disney last week,
we have started buying a different ornament on each trip:
Do you have a fun tree tradition?