Tuesday, October 05, 2010

My Favorite Girl in the Whole Wide World...

I watched Corinne fall asleep last night.

Sigh...

Something that was so easy and common for years and years of parenthood is now a rarity that I needed to document. Ever try to watch a Big Kid or adult FALL asleep? It's kind of like a pot: you have to be incognito or it just ain't happening. And my baby is a Big Kid, guys. I mean, she'll be 5 years old in 19 days.Holy shit. I hadn't realized it was so close until I paused to count the days!

My baby! My YOUNGEST baby. My little girl...


"Rinny, stop growing up so fast!"

"I can't, Mommy!! I HAVE to eat, you know."

"I love that you're growing so big and strong, but it makes me sad to think that it's going so fast."

"Oh Mommy... I have to grow up. But you told me that no matter how big I get, I'll always be your baby, right?"

Gasp! My heart! I grabbed her long and lanky body and swung her around the kitchen.

"Yes, baby doll. You're my favorite little girl in the whole wide world, did you know that?"

Screaming with delight, she laughs and flings her head and arms into the spin. As we slow down, she wraps her muscular Big Kid arms around my neck,

"I know. And you're my favorite little Mommy, too!"
I am so proud of you, Corinne. Everything you are; confident, brilliant, compassionate, outgoing, athletic, creative, joyful, and did I say fearless? Everything you are took me over 30 years to master. You make me want to be a better person. You make me want to be a better WOMAN as your role model. I absolutely adore you, baby girl. Forever and ever, no matter what you do or where I am...

Now excuse me while I go snatch you up from your cozy covers and carry you around while I still can...

8 comments:

Lisa Fergus said...

aww, such a sweet post! My son is 2 and my daughter will be born in a few weeks. I can't even imagine what it will be like when my youngest is 5! But it has to feel so nice to know you are doing such a great job!
and 20 is not too old to get kisses and carry them around is it?! ;)
I'm going to be one of those embarrassing moms arn't I? aww man! ;)

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Tracey - Just Another Mommy Blog said...

Seeing as how my daughter is the tallest 4 (almost 5) year old I've ever met, and her dad is 6'4", I have a feeling she'll be carrying ME when she's 20!!

Type (little) a said...

Love this.

Part of what I love about having one of each is that I can say, "You're my favorite Girl" and "You're the best baby boy"

Deb said...

I tell my son that too - "stop growing up!" and he says, "I CAN'T!" and I'm all, "TRY HARDER!"

The other day I realized that he was almost 6, which is like 1/3 of the way to college....and then I burst into tears.

Manic Mommy said...

I've instructed my ALMOST FIVE AND A HALF YEAR OLD baby to cease growing up immediately. He's in kindergarten for goodness sake! Kindergarten!

I love that our kids inspire us to be better people.

Ruby said...

*Sigh*...beautiful post. Thanks for sharing:)

nmaha said...

Awwwwww........can't talk or may end up crying......i'll just go kiss my baby now

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