In the Blink of an Eye

In the blink of an eye you are no longer just a couple.

In the blink of an eye your life is no longer just about you.

In the blink of an eye you become a parent.

In the blink of an eye your munchkin is sitting up, feeding herself, interacting with you.

In the blink of an eye your baby is a walking, talking human.

In the blink of an eye you aren’t changing diapers and wiping  little butts.

In the blink of an eye they can color inside the lines and write their own name.

In the blink of an eye they are getting their own cereal and pouring their own milk.

In the blink of an eye Chutes and Ladders is replaced by Monopoly.

In the blink of an eye they stop asking for apple juice and start asking for pop.

In the blink of an eye they no longer want to snuggle on the couch, but want to be left alone.

In the blink of an eye they are smarter than you.

In the blink of an eye your girls are fixing their own hair and asking for makeup.

In the blink of an eye your boys are talking about their balls and the smell of their farts.

In the blink of an eye your kids don’t need you to read them stories.  They can do it on their own.

In the blink of an eye the boys don’t want to kiss their mother anymore.

In the blink of an eye your little girl is asking for bras and talking about her uterus.  And boys.

In the blink of an eye the pants that fit them yesterday are two inches too short.

In the blink of an eye they can make their own decisions and learn from their mistakes.

In the blink of an eye you are no longer mommy and daddy.  You are now just mom and dad.

In the blink of an eye they start Kindergarten.  In the next blink, middle school.  In the next…you are afraid to blink again.

In the blink of an eye you realize they are growing up and there is nothing you can do to stop it.

In the blink of an eye it could be gone.

What are you doing in-between blinks?

 

In the Blink of an Eye

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  1. Beautiful. Made me choke up this morning.
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  2. I blinked. And mine is graduating from high school next month. But he got in bed with me and snuggled this morning before taking his shower, all 6’3″ of him. He’s still my sweet baby boy. And now I have a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes….
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  3. So sweet, and so true. No, I am *not* crying, it’s these damn allergies…
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  4. I’m going through this right now especially with my oldes, she is eight. I first REALLY noticed it when one day I realized, she isn’t calling me Mommy, just Mom… I’ve stopped blinking. It isn’t working, but I am paying closer attention. :) Beautiful post!

  5. so, so true…..I blinked and mine becomes a college graduate & a 2nd Lt in the US Army in less than three weeks. What a bittersweet time for a mother – while the object of the game is to raise an independent, contributing member of society so they’re not living in your basement playing video games at 30, you still long for those days of being the center of their universe, the only one who can fix their boo boo. I know there’s not a flipping thing I can do to change or stop it, but there’s no rule written anywhere that says I have to like it! Thanks for all the great posts that bring a smile to my face because they bring such wonderful memories of my little boy while he was growing up :)

  6. So sweetly done. I love it.
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  7. And now I’m crying….. Say it isn’t so.
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  8. So very true; I blinked and now we need to go look at university – I’m not sure how we got to this stage!

  9. Cinnamon Chaisson says:

    in the blink of an eye, your granddaughter will soon be 14, your grandson has become and expert at XBox360, and the little girl that it seems like yesterday, who’s hand you were holding as she took her first steps has married the love of her life, almost a year ago. in the blink of an eye…you have become an old lady…

  10. Lisette Nielsen says:

    Hey, i dont know if i should congrats you, or feel sorry for you? http://listbattle.com/229-the-10-funniest-mom-bloggers – You made a list! lol.

  11. Beautifully said, and so true! I believe I’ll search my pantry for some toothpicks now to prop my eyelids open.
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