The great clothes switch--completed!
So, it's only the second time we've had to do this, but I have had such mixed emotions each time. Today I moved Mer's 0-3 month clothes out of her dresser and put in her 3-6 month clothes.
On one hand, this is very exciting! At 4 1/2 months, Mer is starting to fit into the next size of clothing, which really isn't that far behind schedule, especially since she took so long to start gaining weight originally. She also has some REALLY cute and summery clothes at the 3-6 months size that I am anxious for her to be able to wear while the weather is still good.
On the other hand, I'm a bit sad. My little girl is growing up and getting bigger every day and this is just more proof of that. She's holding her head up longer and longer and getting more and more stable sitting with support. She's chatting away and smiling a great big smile when she sees her mom and dad. I can't believe my little baby is learning and doing so much! Sometimes I want to rush her toward milestones and push her into learning new skills. But she will never be a newborn, snuggled sound asleep in my arms, again. This makes me realize how important it is to enjoy every day and every stage.
Tomorrow marks the first day of school and I know that there are lots of parents in our community who are going through the same emotional battle. Their kiddos are getting ready to go to kindergarten, and they are filled with a combination of pride and wistfulness. This must be a constant battle in parenthood...always proud of your child for their accomplishments, successes, and forward growth...always wishing you could hold them again like you did the day they were born. For the first time, I think I am beginning to understand...