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I was watching Blake at the park yesterday and honestly just couldn’t stop thinking about where in the world all the time has gone…like holy cow – she’s about to be three. I swear to you that I was just finding out I was pregnant, let alone bring a newborn baby into our home and thinking “uh…this is terrifying, now what?”. Seriously though, do you remember when you brought your little one home for the first time, Marcus and I laid Blake down on the bed, just kind of looked at each other, then at her and I just had the thought of…”Now what do I do?”. I was so happy, so excited, so friggin’ terrified and basically just feeling every emotion in the world.
And now, I watch her play at the park and hit all these milestones that honestly I didn’t even think were things. You know what I’m saying – you think of the big ones, first step, first tooth, first word, etc. But she’s growing up, she’s a full blown toddler now and it’s fun to watch the new little milestones she’s hitting. Like being able to go to Target (probably 50% of the time) without a full blown tantrum. I kid you not, last year I thought oh my gosh, I’m never going to be able to go out in public again without her losing her mind and me DEFINITELY losing my mind. But now, now we are here, well somewhat, but for the majority of the time I can count on her making it through with maybe some sass, but not the falling out of the cart tantrums we faced a year ago.
As I was watching her play I was just thinking about all of this, she’s just growing up into a little girl and while it literally breaks my heart (because I want her to stay my baby forever) – it also makes me so happy to see her sweet, spunky personality shine through. I mean you guys, she plays at the park without me helping her up the steps and watching her every step to make sure she doesn’t fall, like she can go down the slide by herself and talk to the other kids and just play.
WHAT IS THIS MILESTONE. WHY DIDN’T ANYONE PREPARE ME FOR THIS?!
Because I’m seriously feeling all the feels, even more so as I write this. She picks out her own clothes now, she gets herself dressed, she plays Barbies (BARBIES – NOT BABY TOYS ANYMORE) and it’s just a whole new stage of life. The last couple of weeks have been rough, just with the whole not listening and sass, but this stage she’s in is actually really great because she’s just my little friend. She likes hanging out with me, she communicates well and honestly, while you guys see the sass and spunky personality – she has the sweetest, most caring little side too, that is shy and just caring – she cares so hard about everything and anyone. That part makes me so proud.
Anyways, I could ramble on and on about this. It actually all started with Carter’s though, we’ve teamed up on their “With You From the Start” campaign and it just got me thinking about how literally, they’ve been with us from the start. The outfit I brought Blake home in was from Carter’s, her doggy raincoat (that she still tries to fit into) she danced around in when she was one, her favorite swimsuit for swim class is again, Carter’s and then every outfit in between. Seriously – they’ve just essentially “been here for the ride” and I watched her play in her little lemon dress and jelly shoes from them yesterday and it got me feelin’ all the feels. Which side note – if you guys haven’t shopped their spring line yet – get on that, it’s good. I just love being her Mama and watching her get bigger and hit these little milestones with Marcus by my side makes me the absolute happiest.
Also, let’s just look back and these tiny pictures of her in her Carter’s outfits too 🙂 I love that she’s been able to wear their clothing from baby to toddler and beyond!