The Honest Guide to Your Baby Growing Up
Friday, 5 October 2018 | Mummy and Little Me
The Honest Guide to Your Baby Growing Up.
Growing Up. I’m sure I can’t be the only 33 year old who believes they are still growing up. I don’t mean in a Peter Pan sense, although the odd weekend away in Neverland would be great.
But I’m 33 years old and feel like I have so much more to learn in life, yet, I’m teaching my children at the same time. I’m helping them grow into young confident adults, ready to face the big bad world. Some days, I don’t even want to face it myself.
Max is 8. He’s growing each day, not only physically but in character too. There are days when I feel like he doesn’t need me anymore, he’s so independent – then there are days when he struggles to wipe his own bum.
He’s discovered hair gel. He has no idea how to apply it, but he’s figured out that if he puts the small bathroom mirror on to the ironing board which is located on our landing, it’s just the perfect height for him to style his hair himself. (Then he’ll come running to his daddy for help, “make it look cool,” he says.)
I try to be his cool mum, I high five his friends, I Dab when I accomplish something. Obviously only when he’s around – I don’t do it around the office. I try to refrain from blowing kisses when he walks into school with his class mates.
Lily, is nearly 9 months old. From a premature baby who, at her smallest, weighed just over 3lbs and needed feeding through a tube, to the sitting tall all eating ‘little’ 16lb girl she is now. She devoured her first TGI Friday’s frie last night. It wont be long before she’s having a full rack of Jack Daniels Ribs. Although to be honest, she’d probably give it a good go now! For a baby with barely any teeth, she can’t half chew.
Proud doesn’t even begin to cover it. My babies are growing up. There are days when I just want them to stay the way they are right now forever.
You can’t really see this as a ‘Guide’ because we’re all still growing, as cliché as it sounds. I think my parents still see me and my siblings as children, even though we’re 33,30 and 28.
You will always need your parents. Whether you want to admit it or not and whether it be a parental figure in your life or a biological parent – you need guidance in life. You can still be independent and strong, but we all need someone. We all need a family. And Families come in so many different shapes and sizes nowadays. But ultimately, families help each other grow, learn and share wisdom.
I think the book, ‘I’ll Love Your Forever” by Robert Munsch (and as read by Joey Tribianni in American Show, Friends) hit the nail on the head.
“I’ll love you forever,
I’ll like you for always,
As long as I’m living,
My baby you’ll be.”
And whilst my children may not be my newborns, they’ll ALWAYS be my babies.