When you have a baby, it is easy to see them growing and changing. This is especially true in the early weeks as they morph from an almost alien-look in to a pretty newborn.
Once your kids get a little older, say, past age 2, these changes don’t happen right before your eyes like they do with a baby. One day, you wake up and realize that your child has outgrown their shoes, or their sleeves are too short, or they can now reach something on the counter that they previously could not. It’s a much more subtle change… for the most part.
I had heard of parents talking about their children going through “growth spurts”, but had not really experienced that until recently. A growth spurt is a rapid time of growth; more rapid than normal. I noticed yesterday that Rachel’s (who is almost 4-and-a-half) arms were sticking out a little too far from her sleeves. Now, this is a size 5 dress in a brand that generally runs a little big. I know when I bought the dress, her arms were just fine. I took her up to her room to measure her height on her chart, and lo and behold, in the past 2 months (Oct.2 -Dec. 2) she has grown a little over an inch!!! I could not believe it! This is what people are talking about… this “growth spurt”! Last year she was wearing a size 3 in this same brand of clothing, and this year, her arms are too long for the size 5 dress! She’s not unusually tall for her age, but I do believe she is going to have my long arms… I always had trouble (and still do!) finding long-sleeved shirts/dresses/etc… to fit properly.
While I am excited for her, and she is super excited to have grown so much, it also makes me a little sad. I remember so clearly 5 Christmases ago when I was just 3 months pregnant with her. I remember so clearly 4 Christmases ago when she was just 6 months old… it has gone by so very quickly. She is growing up, not just in height, but in maturity as well. It may seem strange to call a 4 year old “mature”, but she really does understand beyond her years at times.
I wish I could hold on to my baby girl, but seeing the girl that she is growing in to is so much fun… can’t wait to see what the next year will bring!