Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Still little

As is the plight of most eldest-children I think, Alyssa already seems so grown-up. Compared to Reagan, and even Parker (though their 19 month age gap is quickly shrinking), Alyssa is responsible, knowledgeable, tall, poised, articulate and independent. Though she’s not yet five, it’s easy for me to forget that she is still very much a child. That is, until glimpses of her naivety shine through, reminding me that she’s still quite little. Things like…

  • Until this week she didn’t know who the tooth fairy is
  • She would still jump at the opportunity to sleep with a pacifier
  • An ice cream cone is a really big treat
  • So is getting her own soda or a “buy” lunch at school
  • Her nightmares are about crocodiles
  • She can’t comb her own hair
  • She still insists that I sing “rock-a-bye-baby” to her, wrapped up in a hooded towel after a bath
  • The average kids meal is still too big for she and Parker to finish off in partnership
  • The number of “obedience” stars accumulated at school is an important tally
  • Palm Springs and Vietnam are roughly equidistant from our home
  • She prefers to sit by mama

I realize that this list will quickly shrink… but I hope that the last one remains for a very, very long time.

7 comments:

LaLa said...

Awww...sweet baby. Yeah, I always think Annslee looks so big but I know I will look back this time next year and think..what a baby!

Sitting by Mama is always a plus : )

Christina said...

My daughter, R (6), is also just figuring out the tooth-fairy thing. And I wish she wouldn't... I love the magic of childhood.

piercefam said...

Love that list. I just realized that Alyssa and Ruby are a few days/weeks a part and Alyssa is already in Kindergarten, right?! I love WA! :) Ruby still says, "I wanna hold you" and I don't look forward to that changing. She sounds like such a sweet girl, I wish you were my neighbor!

Nicki said...

Awww, what a great list. You described my sweet 5 year old boy to a T. I love that innocence!

rachel said...

This is so sweet...and so true! I always see Ava has such a big kid, but I know in a few years I'll look back at pictures of when she was 6 and realize how tiny she was! So, thanks for the reminder to see just how small my babies still are. :)

Nadra said...

How sweet. It's amazing how big they act sometimes, but it's always fun to see exactly how little they still are.

red barn said...

I can tell you have a great big heart.