Father Time Drives a Race Car

It's a sad fact that kids grow up too fast. As parents, I feel that we are entitled to a certain amount of whining about it. As far as I've been able to tell, parenthood happens like this:

Wow, I'm pregnant! How exciting!

Pregnancy sucks. I hate being sick.

I will never be pregnant again. And I mean it this time.

Gosh, I hate being pregnant. Those women who say they glow and blossom are liars. Lying Liar McLiar Pants.

(Am I the only one with whom pregnancy seems to drag on forever?)

Our baby is here! Isn't he precious?

*blink*

How can it be that my newborn is walking already?

*blink*

My baby is in kindergarten. Who took my toddler?

*blink*

High school is difficult for everyone, dear. It's just a few years and then we'll be through it.

*blink*

And the next thing you know, you are seeing your little ones off to college and out of the house. Or so they tell me. I haven't gotten to that last stage yet, but I know that the day will come when one of my kids will move out. I think.

And yet, despite the fact that I know this, I am completely caught off guard when I see the kids growing before my very eyes. Micah is growing at the rate of bamboo this school year. He blew through nearly 2 clothing sizes since last summer, and is no longer sporting that cutesy toddler look. In it's place is a very grown up looking little boy.

Feel free to mourn his loss with me.

2005, not my garden. I wish.



2006, not a fake backdrop. That is the beauty that we call At The Cabin.




2007, my house for once.




2008, not my backyard. Thank goodness. It's beauty is stunning, but I have an irrational fear of heights.




2009, not our ball pit. That would be Idlewild's.




Last weekend, and I'm not sure that's my kid. Where did my baby go?


13 comments:

Viv said...

Wow! He does look really grown up. The picture maybe? Hopefully?

HalfAsstic.com said...

For heaven's sake, STOP BLINKING! ;-)

the planet of janet said...

*blink*

my baby learns to drive, graduates high school, goes away to college and NEVER COMES BACK.

*blink blink blink away the tears*

Flea said...

Omigoodness. Make it stop! He's awfully cute, though.

I love the photos through the years.

Blogget Jones said...

Wow, they do change fast, don't they?

I'm on the threshold of that last stage with my oldest. He just got his first car. It all makes me ache for my little boy, with his Fisher Price lantern, running down the hall during a power failure, yelling, "I'll save you, Mommy!"

:::sigh:::

:o) BJ

SunflowerMom said...

Ugh! Don't tell me these things!! (Plugging my ears and squeezing my babies tight.)

Burgh Baby said...

He is *SO* his brother's twin. More and more every day!

JennyH said...

He is SO cute.

Yes, I think we are entitled to whine about this! It goes WAY to fast.

tattytiara said...

I can't get used to the rate my friends' kids are growing at. I can just imagine what it must be like when they're your own!

Michelle said...

Please don't hate me, Karen. I'm one of those weird women who actually enjoyed being pregnant. I was happy at 40 weeks and 2 days. Sorry!

But the rest of it? Oh amen. And wow have ALL of your kids grown so quickly. So when do the college visits start?

Roger said...

I would love to go through pictures of my kids growing up, but I know that I couldn't handle it. Yes, even men can get weepy and sentimental. :-)

You are right though, in an instant he looks so much older and he's quite the handsome young man as well.

caramama said...

Wow. He (and the other kids) really are growing up, aren't they!

Michelle said...

wow you can really see how much the kids, especially Micah, have grown up!