… And want to remain ten paces from me at all times.
Seriously, that’s what a teenager wants, right? To be far from a parent and not within hugging distance, right?
That’s opposed to our current stage, which is my 14mo baby girl not wanting to be more than ten inches from me – and preferably zero inches.
So really: will there come a time in the future that my eyes will mist over at recollection of these clingy moments?
I don’t mean to sound like a mean mom, ungrateful for my darling squishy baby, or just plain bitchy … but this clinging is really getting to me. Yes, I’m well aware things come and go in phases (Toddler did the same darn thing at this age). By now I’m getting quite skilled at prepping dinner with a baby on my hip, much to my chagrin.
These last few weeks (has it been more? feels like about 23 months … oh wait, baby’s only 14m and change …) have been tiring, and it’s showing.
I am apparently the only one who can satisfy Baby. The only one who can hold her before dinner. The only one who can calm her down. The only one who can nurse her (obviously) AND feed her from a bottle (seriously?!). The only one who can hold her when the vacuum is on. The only one who can put her to sleep most nights.
And on and on.
Really, kid, I do love you – more than you will ever know. But please, give mama just an inch of space for maybe five minutes tomorrow.
My friend posted a picture on Facebook of her (adorable) baby girl, also just over one year, squatting on her outstretched legs. The caption? “You left my body 13 months ago … can you please be your own person now?!”
(She loves her daughter as much I love mine, by the way.)
When will the day be when I look back on these days and yearn for them? Will I ever? Will I remember my current state of frustration and achy shoulders?
I’m sorry if this sounds a bit down. I hope I’m not the only mom running low in the tank at this stage (I’m sure I’m not). As my toddler says, “I need some charging up!”
Aside: I’m strongly considering changing my usual Friday theme from “Sweet Memories Friday” to something else – or just doing a “typical” post on this day instead. I feel this theme has run its course for me … much as I love my kids….