First the changes were small and kind of sneaked up on me. Then they got bigger and took me even more by surprise. Standing instead of sitting, walking instead of crawling. She got faster understanding new toys and games. She got better feeding herself from one day to the next.
All welcome changes, great achievements, and proud moments for both of us.
Then, last week, she decided to become more expressive when things were going against her will. She has always been very determined and demanding in a way typical for high need babies. But this time, it was different.
She is now saying “Ne,” her word for “No,” when she doesn’t want to do something. And she is waving us off when she is done eating.
She also seems to interact more with us, seems more involved in our conversations and our day to day life. She is constantly trying to repeat words we are saying and she’s getting pretty good at it, too.
Change is good, right? She needs to learn more, understand more, become a big girl, grow up. I don’t want to stop that, I just don’t want it to happen quite as fast and all at once. I want to take it all in and enjoy the moment, rather than being run over by it.
For so long, things were progressing at a nice, slow pace. It felt right and comfortable every time she hit a milestone. Now, I feel like I am trying to catch up with her every day, every minute.
I am afraid to turn around and find her heading off to school.
When did you first notice that your baby was growing up? How did you deal with it? Did it also seem as if everything was changing at once?