Development Milestone – Where did my baby go?

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. :-)

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6 Responses to “Development Milestone – Where did my baby go?”

  1. Edna May 19, 2010 at 9:12 am #

    Gee thanks KP….crying big tears….darn it….I too am facing a major milestone in my “baby girls life”, her high school graduation!!! I just cannot believe it ! Where did the time go? I have my waterproof mascara and my moms real hanky for June 11th ready to go. I see all these little flashes and it is just so amazing to know that she has grown into a (yes I have to say it) beautiful, fabulous, talented young WOMAN (there I said it). My baby girl is a woman….eeekkkk…luckily for now I still have a great memory and am writing jounals for her to have later in life when I am gone. Cherish every moment as they rush by in a blur, don’t miss a second ! Congrats to “baby” ! So many more milestones to go ! Be strong mama….you can do it……hugs all around…love ya ! E

  2. Tina May 19, 2010 at 11:30 am #

    Karen,
    Don’t be afraid to show your tears. As Barnie says, “even grown ups cry”! Congratulations to baby, now-the big girl. You will always remember where she started, as your baby, letting go doesn’t get any easier, but as you stated in your blog, you will do your best to set her in the right direction and prepare her for life. Imagine celebrating her announcement of parent hood someday…………….then you really might feel old and realize how quickly the years have passed. As Edna said, Cherish each moment and before you know it, you will be wiping away happy tears (mostly) at high school and college graduation, a wedding, and other moments along the way! It was great to talk to baby on the phone last night! TAke care. T

  3. Dawn May 19, 2010 at 11:52 am #

    Good gosh… I remember meeting Baby,when you were drinking soda!!!

    It really is hard to imagine, the end of babydom. I just want you to know… the tears you share at those times in her life, are the tears you’ve collected from her and made them happy. They are without a doubt the bond that brings parents and children together. So be proud, and let her know, they are good and happy tears in her honor, because she makes you feel so proud, and full of wonder.

    Miss you lots…Dawn

  4. Elaine Kolbasowski May 21, 2010 at 11:09 am #

    Karen,
    With my own grandchildren, I know how fast the years fly by. I can remember your being prego with Baby. What a beautiful little lady she is. I know the feeling of your heart just wanting to burst with love and pride. Cherish every moment. Thanks for sharing. e

  5. Emily June 2, 2010 at 7:22 am #

    Gee thanks KP….crying big tears….darn it….I too am facing a major milestone in my “baby girls life”, her high school graduation!!! I just cannot believe it ! Where did the time go? I have my waterproof mascara and my moms real hanky for June 11th ready to go. I see all these little flashes and it is just so amazing to know that she has grown into a (yes I have to say it) beautiful, fabulous, talented young WOMAN (there I said it). My baby girl is a woman….eeekkkk…luckily for now I still have a great memory and am writing jounals for her to have later in life when I am gone. Cherish every moment as they rush by in a blur, don’t miss a second ! Congrats to “baby” ! So many more milestones to go ! Be strong mama….you can do it……hugs all around…love ya ! E

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