I blinked. And I missed it.
I looked at Ashleigh the other day, and realised it had happened.
She’s not a toddler anymore. No remaining trace of baby or infant.
I blinked. And I missed it. The moment my girl grew up.
She’s a person. A little girl. A big girl.
She’s herself. She grows more into herself every day.
I’m getting to know her every day.
I’ll be getting to know her every day for the rest of my life.
What a privileged life I lead.
She welcomed a new brother last year. That wasn’t the moment.
She had her fourth Christmas last year. That wasn’t the moment.
She started kinder last month. That wasn’t the moment.
I saw all of those moments, and more. I captured most of them.
But I blinked. I missed it. The moment my girl grew up.
And I’m glad I did.
Because I would have spent that moment mourning the loss of the toddler. The traces of baby and infant.
When I should have been embracing the arrival of Ashleigh the girl. The little girl.
The big girl.
My big little girl.
Has your child gone from baby to infant to toddler to child – and beyond? Have you ever blinked and missed that moment of transformation?