So Fast

I'm not sure why, but I've been very very nostalgic lately. Maybe it's because I've suddenly realized that these babies of mine are sprouting up like little weeds and there's nothing I can do about it. Or maybe it's because my 10 year high school reunion was last weekend (I didn't attend), and I'm just....feeling it. It's probably a combination of the two. 

Today my in-laws are on their way for a visit. Along with them, they're bringing a big girl bed for Charlotte. While I'm super excited to fix up her room and to see her in this new stage, I'd be lying if I said I wasn't a little bit sad about it. Because somewhere in the back of my mommy brain, this is the picture I still see:

My Bean in her bed for the very first time - the day we brought her home from the hospital. Gosh, she was so tiny! Compared to other kids her age she is tiny, but she is definitely earning her big girl status every single day. 

This one was taken last year, while we were still doing the hotel living thing after we PCSed. The girl is a crazy sleeper! A little less so now that she's bigger, but I've always found her in the strangest of positions. {The same can be said about Millie, haha!}

This one was taken just a few months ago. It's rare that I have to wake her up anymore, but it does still happen in the afternoons sometimes. Yet again with Bunny over her face. I guess she felt her room still wasn't dark enough? LOL! 

This is the one that gets me; it tells me she's not a baby anymore and it hurts my mama heart!! In preparation for her big girl bed, we bought a rail for her crib a few weeks ago. I wondered how she would handle the transition. I prepared myself for the worst - climbing out of bed, not sleeping, etc. But I have to brag on this girl - we haven't had any problems. She stays in bed and waits for us to come get her in the morning and after naps, just like before. I'm hoping this stays the same once we change her bed!

A friend of mine called me last week to tell me her little girl (who is about 8 months younger than Charlotte) had climbed out of her crib. I felt so bad (well, kind of) that I didn't have any advice to give! We've been really blessed with this kiddo - she's never given us problems regarding her crib or sleep. She'll sleep in a pack n play when we travel, in the car, goes to bed when we put her down - you name it. It really surprises me that she does so well with change, but I guess you have to be adaptable when you're a military kid. ;-)

Some days I really can't believe that the last 2 years have gone by so quickly. I guess it's true what they say - the days are long, but the years are short.


  1. I do not have any kids of my own, so I do not know exactly how you feel. But I have nieces & nephews and they are growing up way to fast. My oldest niece turned 16 this year and I still think of her as my little baby girl!

  2. Time flies, indeed. Charlotte was only a few months old when I started reading your blog!

  3. Posting a TBT picture each week really reminds me how time has flown by. Way too quickly. Love your pictures. I really love your new look too. I think I told you that in your last post but saying again. :)

  4. So true on the long days and short years. Our girly is 2 and we have the rail on her crib right now, but her toddler bed is on its way as I type (no room for a twin in the girls' room, so her big girl bed isn't much of a big bed ;)). Glad to hear she doesn't climb out! Our oldest would get out of bed, and we had to put a doorknob cover on the inside so he couldn't get out and play with the gas stove (you never know!). Our daughter only gets up in the morning on occasion and comes straight to our room to say good morning. I don't mind it, though... my bigger fear is that she will want to "help" her baby sister (who will share a room with her) by giving extra blankies/animals. :(

  5. None of my kids have ever climbed out of the crib, even though they climb on everything else. I think some babies are too comfy to escape. :P

  6. They do grow fast! Penny is talking to me in full sentences and I'm like WHAT HAPPENED?