Throughout pregnancy, we track baby’s development and focus timing in short trimesters. After baby’s born, we watch as the developments speed by. One minute your baby needs to be propped on all sides for a photo shoot and the next, they are crawling across the floor. Time does not go any slower as your child grows older. I am warning you now. Just a few short weeks ago, I swear I was dropping Baby off for her first day of kindergarten and wiping away her tears.
Last Friday I found myself wiping my own tears. Baby graduated kindergarten. I wiped tears of joy watching my daughter sing We are the World with her class. I wiped tears of pride, my heart bursting in her amazing accomplishments of the past year. I even wiped a few tears of sadness knowing this was only the beginning of many future graduations (and many more mom tears).
My Baby is no longer a baby. Yes, I know she is five. Yes, I know it’s been a while since she has been a physical baby, but when I looked at her rosy pink cherub cheeks, I always saw my newborn. Now I look at her face, and all I see is a blue cap and gown and my daughter looking like a mini grown up. A mini grown up that will soon be ready to drive a car and go off to college. Great. Here come more tears as I type. Sheesh.
How will I ever make it through the coming years, if I am already blubbering like an idiot at her kindergarten graduation? I know letting go will never get any easier, so all I can do is prepare my daughter the best I can, for the life that lies ahead. Along the way, I plan to cherish and enjoy each moment as it happens, and not dwell on how fast I know time will pass. Really, that’s all any parent can do.
Do you have a child graduating this year from preschool, kindergarten, high school or college? How do you cope with the tears? Do you plan to wear them with pride for your child’s accomplishments or try and wipe them secretly away before someone notices.