Wednesday, September 23, 2009

She's growing up

Our sweet, little girl is growing up so quickly right before our eyes. I'm reminded every single day that she's not a baby girl anymore, but my three year old daughter with
a wild streak of
independence and a mind of her own.
She decides what she will wear,
what she will eat, what she will do.
Occasionally she asks for my input,
but for the most part,
she knows what she likes and that's that.

I'm sure I'm not alone in this sentiment, but I feel like it's such a difficult
balancing act, trying to be supportive and encouraging enough to allow Ella to spread her wings, so to speak, while also being loving and involved enough that she realizes she doesn't have to do everything for herself. Sure, she still cries for Mommy when she's hurt (or getting in trouble with Daddy) and she still wants to cuddle at bedtime. I cherish those opportunities to mother her, but more than once lately, I've heard her calling me Mom, not Mommy, and I don't know if I'm ready for that.


Rodney, Meghan, and Paisley said...

Tear, sniff, sniff...makes me want to hold my not yet two year old just a little tighter!! I know in a very short time that I will be writing these same words and I'm not quite ready for that!
Still praying for your family and and your sweet baby Cade.

The Utz Family said...

Those pics are great! I hear MOM a lot more now than I used to! I so know what you mean about being independent! We have one of those also!!

The McAfee's said...

i hear mom too! i don't like it one bit! i still like mommy!!

The Utley Crew said...

I could have written that word for word. I have been MOM for a while now, and since that is all that Olivia hears, she even yells MOM most of the time! haha!

There are so many things I love about this age, but so often I want to just keep them small, make sure no one ever hurts their feelings, shield them from anything and everything negative! Being a parent is SO hard at times, but so very rewarding.