Sunday, July 10, 2011
"Write about me, Mummy"
I hit 'New Post' and sit staring at the flashing cursor.
"What should I write about?" I ask Abbey, who's sitting next to me.
She answers without hesitation. "Me!"
So I do.
Yesterday, Abbey was 34 months. Just two short months from turning three. Three.
Although I'm ridiculously soppy in some ways - I'll cry at anything on television, happy or sad, real or not - I'm not when it comes to Abbey growing up. I watch each stage with pride, and Steve and I will brag about her new learnings at any opportunity.
Coming up to three sees lots of changes. She no longer fits in her baby carseat, she does swimming lessons without me in the pool, she will no longer be classed as a toddler, we have to start thinking about preschool. When will we send her? (In Victoria, it's optional to go to three-year-old kindergarten.) Where will we send her? And those kinds of thoughts lead to schools. I guess we're lucky where we live - we don't have to make any real decisions until the last minute; there isn't a problem with availability up here.
She, of course, can't wait. "I'll be a kinder kid soon!" she declares, on a daily basis.
"What happens when you're a kinder kid?" I ask her.
"I go to the big kids' side!" she says excitedly, referring to the setup at the childcare centre she attends twice a week. Whether she stays there and goes to "the big kids' side" or heads to a preschool instead is yet to be decided. I do know that whichever place she goes, she'll be happy. She's that kind of kid.
She takes it further still. "I'll go to school one day," she tells me several times each day. "I will. And Daddy will take me and he'll pick me up too."
To Abbey, the world is a fun and exciting place. She has no worries, no fears, and a love of life just for life's sake.
I love that.
And although I can't wait to see her grow up, to watch her keep learning, to give her love through all the years ahead - I will her to stop wishing the time away.
Just stay in the moment, munchkin.
She's sick of me writing about her now - "Mummy, come and play with me!"
So I do.
Posted at 10:57 AM