Time. It Just Keeps Marching On.

Just before Micah started preschool, I made him a corduroy backpack to carry. It was toddler-sized, and fit him just right. He has carried that backpack to preschool for 2 years, to kindergarten, and now to first grade. It holds his daily folder, his extra change of clothes, and his Voice. His backpack has held up fabulously for all the abuse it's gotten. I'm not sure why I love that backpack so much, but I do. Maybe it's the color combination of fabrics, or the durability, but I love it. 

Today, Micah came downstairs with his Cars backpack that he uses as an overnight bag for grandparents. He insisted that I put his change of clothes, his daily folder, and his Voice into his Cars pack. Today, he grew up a little bit more as he shunned the toddler sized pack for a big boy, store-bought, everyone-else-carries-these backpack.

Today, I realized that I loved that little pack that I made him because my little boy carried it. That little boy is no longer. My baby gets on the bus every day by himself now, and carries a big boy backpack. He has choosen to wear underwear for almost a week now. He has a loose tooth.

My baby is all grown up. You'd think I'd be more okay with this than I am, being that my baby is 7. Turns out, there is no preparing yourself for this day. It's just hard no matter what. If anyone has a formula to stop time, I'd be interesting in cutting a deal with you for the secret.

10 comments:

Flea said...

Omigoodness. He's seriously been getting on the bus every day? And underwear for a whole week? Woman. You are blessed.

Michelle said...

Ok, you actually *did* make me cry with that one. I know how you feel with them growing up - I had the hardest time with Mister Man's sixth birthday.

Karen Deborah said...

Wow he is getting potty trained too? Amazing. Micah is such a terrific kid. It's ok mom your baby is growing up but you got puppies. Just a little humor. I understand your feelings; but I can't help but * clap hands wildly* for Micah!!!

Trisha said...

The underwear for an entire week caught my attention! Congrats, Micah, on joining the "big boy" world.

JennyH said...

Awe- It's hard But at the same time you gotta be proud!

Roger said...

So proud of Micah!!

It's always tough seeing your babies grow up, each and every one of them. I know that Timmy, currently the last (you never know), is growing up a tad fast for my taste. I mean one day he hated being on his belly, and now he is crawling all over the place AND pulling himself up and standing. All in the blink of an eye.

I read about stopping time by having Superman fly around it in the opposite direction of it's rotation would stop time - even reverse it. Now if there were only a real Superman, right?

Okay, maybe it's better this way.

Cecily R said...

But if you stopped time, just THINK of all the great stuff you'd miss out on...maybe if we could just pause it for a few minutes or days. :)

P.S. Micah ROCKS.

ModernMom said...

OH my I read this post with a little half smile on my face. This growing up thing...it is so bitter sweet. Sigh...

Michelle said...

I hear you on stopping time...they need to just stop growing up on us!

caramama said...

Awwww. So sad but also so great that he is growing up! And yeah for the underwear!