Sunday, February 16, 2020

MOM LIFE :: Diving into the Tween Years

I've been in denial for a while.  Nahia turned 9 last November which means I'm officially the Mom of a tween and a toddler.  Nine seemed like so far away not that long ago and now it's here to stay.  It's her last year of single digits, a sunset of sorts of her early childhood years and I'm feeling nostalgic. 

It goes by too fast.  I have lots of things to look forward to, I know.  I am stoked to have a girl, a partner in crime to partake with in all the girly stuff.  I'm already savoring new traditions like our trips to Mini Luxe for "Mommy and Me" manis before holidays.  She's into hot cocoa as of late too and loves walking around sipping her warm drink just like she's seen me do thousands of times.  She is more in tune to how people around her are feeling and will ask me regularly now if I had a good day at school which is beyond adorable.  

There is a duality to her these days.  She's still a kid at heart but you can see that independence wanting to break through.  She wants me to do her hair in the morning but questions regularly whether she should be doing it herself.  I know that carefree childhood attitude will dissipate soon.  She's more self-aware and does not want to stand out.  She asks me whether she's "too old" to do this or that.  This makes things tricky when you want to entertain kids that are 5 years apart in age. 

Every time I take them to the park part of me wonders whether this will be the last time she will run to the swings and pump her legs without a care in the world of who's around.  I wonder whether next time she'll hesitate about sliding down the slide next to Lucas because "she's too old".  I find myself furiously snapping pics right and left of Nahia and Lucas as they play because part of me wonders whether next time she'll be pouty in the sidelines.

I live too in a dichotomy of sorts right now.  I'm enjoying the little sips of more grown-up fun with her but I'm also yearning for the sunset of her childhood to hang around for a little longer.  I remind myself that sunsets are nothing but the prelude to sunrises which are full of color and light.  

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