Just wondering?...

Desiree - posted on 12/30/2010 ( 13 moms have responded )

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My Daughter has just turned 12 Today, and I find myself thinking back to the last 12 years of her life and remembering all those little moments from the moment I first saw her, when she took her first steps, when she start grade . It feels as though it was just yesterday that she was born and now she is entering grade 7. My beloved Husband frightend me completely when he turn and observed that all my childrens cousins are between 7 and 11 years younger than my own children and that when those kids where where Cathlin is now we would be planning weddings and becoming Grandparents.
Am I the only person who sees the next 10 years shooting past and being both scared and excited all at once.
Is this normal for me to feel so completely unsure of myself or am I just being very silly?

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Desiree - posted on 12/31/2010

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Thanks ladies its nice to know I am not alone in this situation, I suppose I will just have to bite the bullet and go with the flow, as there is no way I will be able to stop the flow of time.

Tiffany - posted on 12/30/2010

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My daughter is only 14 months, but I already have anxiety about how quick it went. My nephew is 15 and I remember when he was born...I remember babysitting him, changing his diapers, taking him for walks...I was 14. To think it was 15 years ago that I did all that, but it feels like yesterday...is an odd feeling lol. My sister has 5 boys, she has REALLY been feeling sentimental lately as her youngest is going into kindergarten next year. It's completely normal.

Amanda - posted on 12/30/2010

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My oldest just turned 7 on Christmas eve and it is getting to that point where I'll sit there and think back to the way he was before, and remember seeing him when he was first born, and rolling over, and starting kindergarten, and learning to ride without training wheels...I mean it's sad! But happy in a way as well! And my youngest will be 2 next month and it's somewhat depressing as well! I don't feel like they should be this old, and it seems like each yr that goes by goes by faster and faster each time! I just wish sometimes I could stop time to just hold them each a little bit longer! So don't worry you are definetly not alone! :)

Sherri - posted on 12/30/2010

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My oldest is going to be 14 in March and I keep thinking I only have 4 more years before he is technically a man. I do not ever want to be an empty nester and terrified by the thought my kids will be raised and gone before I am ready to let go.

Jodi - posted on 12/30/2010

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I love it when someone calls me young :) Don't get that so often once you are the *other side* of 40 :P
Except from hubby when he's sucking up to me.

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Boy, are you ladies young! My first-born turns 30 next month! I have all those memories - first steps, starting school etc, but I also have graduating uni, first job, the wedding, the babies.. the memories get better! And it's still exciting and scary.
My other girls are 26 and 24 and still have plenty of milestones ahead.

I love motherhood and my kids!

Jodi - posted on 12/30/2010

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LOL Teresa, I was thinking the other day how my son will be legally allowed behind the wheel of a car in 3 years, and it scared the crap out of me......but then, it scared us when my step-daughter started driving too, and she's done ok.

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I look at my girls sometimes and wonder how the heck I'm old enough to have 9 year olds (I'm 34 lol), so yep. I get it. I was just thinking the other day how they are halfway to being 18!!! And after the past 4 days alone, I fear that I will be one of those cranky old ladies w/ massive 'empty nest syndrome' after my son is old enough to leave me. :(

Jodi - posted on 12/30/2010

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Desiree, I hear you!! And I am already at that stage where we are planning careers, discussing Uni, meeting the boyfriend and having him over for Christmas dinner. The oldest is 18 (ok she is my step-daughter, but she was only 9 when I met her!!), and my own son is 13, wearing mens clothes, a foot larger than my husbands. I am terrified but also curious about the adults my children will be. In no time at all I am sure we will be planning weddings, seeing grandkids, and so on. I am hopeful there will be a 21st before any of that, but we can't make our children's life choices for them. Heck, I am even putting all my old kitchen stuff in storage instead of giving it to charity at the moment just in case she decides to move out of home soon (and it is on the cards).

So no, you aren't being silly. We can't predict what life is going to bring, and watching our kids grow up can be scary AND exciting.

Tara - posted on 12/30/2010

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Normal,
It goes by way too fast, my youngest is 1 but my oldest is 17. And some days it seems like he was just a little boy, bringing me dead things to inspect.
Now he's taking college courses and works and volunteers.
It gets easier as time goes on, because... well time goes on... lol
Before we know it we will be looking at pictures of our grandbabies. Although I could easily wait another 10 years at least before that happens!!
You're normal and don't worry, there are so many more special memories you have yet to make with your daughter.
:)

Jocelyn - posted on 12/30/2010

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God my first born is turning 4 and I don't even believe it lol
I feel the same excited/scared as you!

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