So many things have happened since my last post.
My eldest daughter has turned 5. This is a major accomplishment for both of us.
Some days I feel like I could cry all day at the loss of my baby, as no traces of toddler remain in her growing body.
Other days, I am joyful at all of the grown up changes I see in her. Her personality is really developing and she is actually pretty fun to hang out with.
Along with that personality comes some really (painfully) honest observations.
Example 1: Last weekend, we're out to lunch, and a young, adorable, blond waitress approaches our table. Daughter notices right away and comments on the cuteness of waitress. After the waitress leaves, she whispers in my ear, "Mommy, our waitress is much prettier than you, but I love you much more". Ouch.
Example 2: The next day, while grocery shopping, daughter gets huge compliment on her adorable dress from another 5 year old. She is over the moon and feeling beautiful. She then quips, "Mom, that little girl LOVED my dress. She probably thought you were my grandma." Double Ouch.