Oh my God, in four years she will be a teenager!

I was in the powder room curling my hair when Hubby approached. "You look much better than you did at this time nine years ago," he said. "At this time nine years ago, I'd been having contractions for four hours and my water had broken," I replied. "It's not tough to look better than I did at that point." While Hubby was in the shower, Hoss came in. I told him that we were having a little party tonight, and asked him if he knew why. "For Princess' birthday!" he grinned. "Oh, is it her birthday?" I joked. "How old is she anyway?" "Nine," he said, matter-of-factly. "Ninety?! That's old!" I gaped. "No, no! NINE, not nine-TY!" "Oh. Is nine old?" "Well, she's halfway to being an adult," he said, with eyes wide, "so I'd say yeah it's old!" Gone are the pudgy cheeks and the the stubby little fingers that used to grasp mine. Instead, she's all gangly limbs and long fingernails that she wants painted and eyes that roll in irritation instead of gaze in wonder. I hate to tell you this, kiddo, but you're always going to be my baby girl.


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    Hubby- aka DH My husband since 1995. He is the head of the band department at a college prep school, and dabbles as a wanna-be pop star.

    The Princess- aka DD. Third grader at the local parochial school. Loves butterlies, sparkly things, the color purple and has recently developed a crush on one of the twins from "The Suite Life of Zach and Cody". Is ready for her teenage years, having already perfected her exasperated sigh and dramatic eye-roll.

    Hoss- aka DS1. Kindergartener and resident spirited child. His aunt likes to call him "the evil genius" because of his penchant for letting a lack of intellectual stimulation lead him into mischief. Likes trucks, sports, building things and burping. His current favorite word is "underwear."

    Lil Joe- aka DS2. Born in 2003. Doesn't say much we can understand, but has mastered the important stuff ("eat!", "Wash hands!", "Want chocolate ones!", "Hockey game!") Likes to push buttons, much to the consternation of whoever is trying to watch a DVD. Firmly refuses to use the potty, despite evidence that he is physically ready to be out of diapers, indicating a level of stubborn that eclipses even that of his parents and siblings.

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