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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

In-betweener

Lillian is in that in between stage of growing up. Or, I should say one of the in between stages. At 4 and a half she is not a baby and not a big kid. She sleeps in a twin bed and has not slept with her bottom in the air for a long time, which says big kid. She uses my shampoo and conditioner, but I still wash her hair. She uses baby or kid body wash, but washes herself. She makes her bed, cleans her room, puts away her own laundry and even helps with other chores around the house occasionally. She memorized all of her AWANA verses this year and at the end of the year had memorized almost 20 verses. Sometimes, though, I still see a baby in her. She cries when she gets grumpy and frustrated. But then, she will say, "I'm sorry, I'm just grumpy." Sometimes she just wants to curl up in my lap, but she is getting so long and lanky that it just isn't comfortable for either of us for long. She is so great with her brother sometimes, and others it seems like she just can't help but pester him. She loves to dress up in her princess outfits, but then will put together an outfit that is really great and add lots of different accessories and tell me she is being a cool girl. In fact, she says all the time, "lets pretend we are cool girls". "Pretend?" I say. "We are cool girls." She is only 4 and 8 months and only getting ready to start pre-K, but she is such a big kid, too.

8 comments:

The Army of Allmans said...

I feel the exact same way about Parker...sometimes I just want to get angry cause he is acting like a baby, but then I have to think he is still 4...but then he'll surprise me with acting older too...it will all even out soon enough I am sure, then we'll wish they were still babies!!

Thanks for the new post...will expect another one by Saturday! just kidding

the dragonfly said...

My baby is still a baby..he just turned one. But he's growing up way too fast, it's like when he turned one he hit super sonic speeds. He is literally learning new words every day. How can that be??!

Kathryn said...

I know that is where many of the tantrums come from in my Joey. It is so hard to be at that inbetween stage. You described it perfectly!

Amy said...

This just made me cry. I am so tenderhearted when I think of my little girl growing up and this just reminded me that at 2 1/2 the big kid thing is just around the corner. I just don't ever want her to be too big to sit in my lap. I know, ridiculous, but there are few things I love more! Just such precious moments. I think I will go hug her now!

Haley-O said...

I feel the same way about the monkey! She's almost 3.... But, clearly, she's very much still a BABY! It does freak me out how fast she's growing up....

Actually, she's really in transition and not sure if she wants to be a big girl yet. ;)

Great post... :)

Deanna said...

that was a great post! It made me really sad though. My sweet Lillian is growing up so fast! Oh it kills me to hear her call me Deanna and not D anymore! well, i was going to call you this morning but now i am going to have to wait so i dont break down as soon as i hear her sweet voice!! Oh! Tell her I love her!!

The Army of Allmans said...

It is sunday and no new post. I gave you one more day since it was such a sweet one. Lanessa

Gretchen said...

Hi Cyndi,

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I know what you mean about your in-betweener. I always was so frustrated for my children at times when they were between 3.5 and 5.5 because they were "too big to be little and too little to be big." I so relate to this post.

This will get better--in time for something else for you to scratch your head about. :)

Blessings. Gretchen