Why I Wish I Could Stunt Her Growth
Posted by Kristi Gilbert
My beautiful baby girl. She's the last one I'll give birth to. She's it. No more kids after her. This is why I want her to just stay little.
How terrible and selfish of me. Wanting my baby to stay the same size, the same age. Wanting her to stay the same cuddly shape. Piggy toes, dimply thighs and wispy hair. Her wanting to be near me. Reaching up for me to hold her. Yes, it always seems to be at the most inconvinent time. And yes, I always oblige. How can I not? It may not last.
Maybe if I press on her head just a little bit each day. Not hard, of course, but enough to keep the growth from happening that day. OR slip some coffee in her milk cup. I hear that will keep her little for a wee bit longer. Nah, I could never give up my coffee, let alone share it.
Soon, these things I secretly hate (diapers, milk bottles, playful mealtimes, clothes that stain after one wearing) will be a part of her past. They will be replaced with shoes that are too grown up, jewelry, makeup, boys holy crap and some Justin Beiber look-a-like.
Meantime, I'll just cherish her. Hold her, love on her, take pictures of her until my camera poops out. It's hard watching your littlest get bigger.
Do you wish your baby would just grow up a little faster (no more stinky dipes) or are you like me - do you wish your little one could stay little for longer?
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