Now We Are Six

September 17, 2013 at 2:25 pm (Kids, Uncategorized) (, , , )

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Now We Are Six – A.A. Milne
When I was one I had just begun
When I was two I was nearly new

When I was three I was hardly me
When I was four I was not much more

When I was five I was just alive
But now I am six, I’m as clever as clever;

So I think I’ll be six now for ever and ever.

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How can Lucy be six? Six isn’t little kid anymore. Six is just kid, kid. Six needs two hands to show her age. Six reads chapter books. Six plays on a soccer team. Six takes viola lessons. Six eats lunch at school. Maybe Six makes the bed? I miss you Five, but I love you even more, Six.

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Birthday Dancing

January 11, 2012 at 3:11 pm (Kids, Music) (, )

My oldest child turns nine today. Nine! She keeps trying to freak me out, saying things like, “Next year at this time I’ll be double digits…” and “In four years I’ll be a teenager…” and “In seven years I’ll be driving.” She doesn’t need to work so hard to needle me though – I am well aware of the weird wonder of the occasion.

Last week she and I went to a mother-daughter PJ party at her school. She ate ice cream and I drank wine. We laughed with our friends and boogied to Justin Bieber and Katy Perry (oh my twenty-year-old self is shuddering right now, but I’m ignoring her!) I spun her around, her skinny legs flying around the room, the colored lights blurring, and my eyes welled up with tears as I thought, “This is a perfect moment. Please let me hold onto it.”

I can’t of course, any more than I can hold onto the sweet, goofy, smart, anxious, kind, loving, chatterbox eight year old. All I can do is listen to the music and find the groove of nine. Bring it on.

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Fab Five

May 8, 2010 at 1:59 pm (Kids) (, )

Five years ago today I got the best Mother’s Day present possible. Happy Birthday to my best boy.

Happy Baby Henry

Happy Baby Henry

Happy Big Henry

Happy Big Henry

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Lucky number 7

January 11, 2010 at 3:13 am (Uncategorized) (, , )

Seven years ago today, I spent the day doing laundry, changing sheets, and making cookies, which I then took to the hospital and gave to the staff after my darling baby girl was born.

Riley, brand new

Riley, brand new

And then I blinked. And now she’s seven! I love you, baby girl. Happy birthday, Riley!

Seven!

Seven!

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