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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

growing pains.

my daughter is ten. need i say more?

she's officially a tween & i am officially gray. {okay, so maybe i was already graying years before my daughter hit the double-digits.}

long gone are the days of giggles, smiles & little girl innocence.

this girl?

{malia, age 3, july 2004}

{us on the metro in d.c., april 2009}

she's been replaced by a moodier, more irritating version of her former self. honestly? my mother says that she is my payback {times a gazillion} for being a moody, irritating tween/teen. i believe her. of course, malia's first birthday should have been an indicator of how things would be:

{march 2002}

do not get me wrong - i love, love, LOVE my daughter. she is my first born. she is my mini me {maybe that's the problem}. she is my everything.

what i don't love is the tumultuous journey we are about the embark on. a journey that cannot be ignored, detoured around, skipped or wished away.

i'm talking about puberty.

despite some s-l-i-g-h-t physical changes {nothing major...yet}, my little girl is still just that: a little girl. unfortunately, she's got big girl hormones raging through her body. AND, i have zero patience or tolerance for big girl hormones running through a little girl's body.

i know that she's just as scared as i am. puberty isn't a fun time. it sure as hell isn't an easy time. and, while i understand her frustrations & confusion about all of the changes that are taking place within her body, i think i'm finally starting to understand just what my parents went through when i was malia's age. {oh, who am i kidding. i was a late bloomer. i didn't start irritating the crap out of my mom until i was at least twelve.}

i had a conversation with a friend on sunday about our girls {her daughter is a few months older than mine}. she said that she appreciates little girls who still want to be little girls. i do, too. kids grow up way too fast & i can attest to that because ten years have gone by in the blink of an eye. 

my daughter is ten. puberty is trying to rear it's ugly head. i need to allow her to grow up & find her identity. i don't know who these growing pains are harder or her.  

but, i'm still holding on to every last bit of little girl while i can.

{me & my girl at disneyland, may 2011}

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Blogger Heather said...

Oof! I don't envy you. My sister is going through it with two of her stepdaughters (11 and 13) and every day it's something new. She's pulling her hair out! Good luck!

Aug 17, 2011, 12:14:00 PM  
Blogger Ashleigh said...

oh boy... i have a daughter (14 months) and she already has a little bit of a sassy personality... i guess I am in for some big changes in the next 10 years-- you dont look like u should have a 10 year old, btw.

Aug 17, 2011, 1:57:00 PM  
Blogger AndreaLeigh said...

I don't think stores now really encourage girls to be girls - the clothes are so skimpy and are more tailored towards older girls. Why does a 10 year old need to wear super skinny jeans? and shoes with heels or platforms? seriously?

Aug 17, 2011, 3:51:00 PM  

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