Saturday, January 3, 2009

Gracie Goose

I realized something yesterday and it came as quite a shock to me. My itty bitty little baby girl is growing up.

Yeah, okay I know... I probably should have realized that sooner, considering that she is three and a half and I spend 24 hours a day with her, 365 days a year - well, minus the 9 days she was with her Grandma last month. But as she was bouncing up and down like her usual goofy self yesterday, it hit me pretty hard.

She may be my baby, but she is far from being a baby. And of course, she makes sure to tell me, "I'm not a baby, Mom," every time I call her my little baby.

I read once that when you have children, the days are long and the years are short. I don't think I have ever read a more true statement than that one. I feel like my days with the girls stretch on and on and on, and the fantasies I have of them packing their bags and going off to college are frequent and often involve them going off to school in Siberia or some other far away place so I can finally have a moment of peace and quiet.

But Annelie turns two at the end of this month, though I swear I only just gave birth to her a few days ago. And it feels like it was only a few months ago that my days involved only my little side kick, Gracie.

She is quite the character, always ready to laugh and run and jump and paint her lips with lollipop lipstick. She is sassy and sweet, caring and creative... and the best little person I could ever know.

As ready as I am to ship her off to college in Siberia, I'm not really ready at all. And when the day comes for her to start kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth and fifth grade, I'll be that mom who stands in the hallway bawling her eyes out while her little girl rolls her big blue eyes and says, "Stop embarrassing me, Mom!"

And though I can't wait to see what kind of girl she grows up to be, I wish I could bundle her up and hold onto her forever.

I just love this little girl to bits.

xoxo,

23 comments:

Leah said...

Aw....very sweet Marisa.

Indigo MoonDream said...

Too cute, and soooooooooo true! It feels like just yesterday that I had my son, and now he's 5 and in kindergarden and all that fun stuff. The time goes so fast! Sending big hugs to you and to the little ones!

Whimsical Creations said...

So sweet!! Your kids are adorable! Time goes by too fast, but I can agree all the days are long. =D

Karen Faulkner said...

Isn't motherhood great? I love the pictures.

Cathy said...

oh, that was so beautiful Marisa! Gracie is gorgeous and that last photo of the two of you is so sweet!

"when you have children, the days are long and the years are short" - I hadn't heard that quote before but how very, very true!

Pieceful Bits said...

that is a perfect quote. What a cutie pie!
My daughter is now 21 and graduated from college..trying to hold on to my baby boy who is 16 and wants nothing to do with uncool mom. Ha Ha. Time sure flies and it all seems just like yesterday.
Sweet Post!
(~~)
Julie

kim* said...

marisa shes so adorable!

Leslie said...

Oh Marisa! My "baby girl" will be 4 in April.....I understand! Where does it go. Sadly, I am glad that I am not the only one who feels this way....care to share my boat??? Beautiful blog my friend! Have a great weekend and love those babies up!

Warmly,
Leslie

Angela Catirina & Bonnie said...

She's a doll! I can't wait to have one of my own.

laura said...

oh no, don't bawl your eyes out...just homeschool!! you'll love it!!

Kelly said...

great pictures and great post, marisa. my twin girls are 5 and started kindergarten this year. i like that phrase you heard: days are long and the years are short. that is so true. we have to enjoy them before they get too cool to let us enjoy them!

Stacey said...

Oh so sweet!! I love her pigtails.

poshmomma said...

Hi! Visiting via Etsy Forums. You have a beautiful daughter and I'm beginning to understand what ppl meant when they kept telling me "She'll grow up so fast." It's so true. Great blog!!

Kelly Drill said...

You guys are so sweet together. I got the warm fuzzies just reading this. Totally tracking with you on the growing up thing. Where are our babies?

Almay Alday said...

She's so cute! Love the outfit! I look forward to having kids one day! Just need to find Mr. Right!

Marie said...

What a sweet post and a cute little outfit she's got on! She is the most adorable little girl ever and it is a sad but joyful thing to watch our kids grow. Thanks for sharing!

Pamela Posch said...

it happen so fast. My baby boy is 3 1/2 and it seem like just yesterday.....


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SleightGirl said...

Wow! That is one cute little girl! And even when she's 30, she'll always be your baby.

Oh Mandie! said...

Aww I totally know how you feel!!I'm totally one of those moms who takes her camera with her every single place we go because I'm terrified on missing something, and I'm hell bent on making sure that I don't. (Moral of the story - don't be totally neurotic like me!)

But Gracie will always be your baby! And if I ever figure out how to slow time down you'll be the first to know!

kiddlebug said...

It kind of sneaks up doesn't it?

casserole said...

OMG she's so CUTE!!!!

Nancy said...

Those photos are gorgeous, so colorful and full of happiness!

Silly Bee's Chickadee said...

What a cutie patootie! I love little pig tails!

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