Chubby cheeks & curls to... where did my baby go?

I think all moms can relate when our children start a new phase in their lives... my kiddo started Pre-school for the first time this month!  Yes, I know it's not September, but why does school have to start then?  Children are learning all the time and this was more a respite care for me and more social time for her!  So it's a win-win here.

(The book was all her, her first day of school! And no, it's not a dictionary, it's actually the second book of the Twilight Series...)

(The book was all her, her first day of school! And no, it's not a dictionary, it's actually the second book of the Twilight Series...)

As I watched my daughter hop off to circle time for the first time, my heart skipped a beat.  I was overjoyed that she was like, "Peace Mama," but also kind of sad knowing she'd be experiencing something for the first time without me.  I was just so use to having a little sidekick next to me 24/7, (it wasn't hard to let her go), it was just different.

I use the word different because I was trusted a complete stranger to take care of her needs, as well as discipline, teach, love, and nature her that wasn't family.  I would then have to ask my toddler how her day was, knowing there would be pieces missing, because let's face it, she's three!  I craved my own independence, but at the same time missed being in control.

I then started to notice the little details starting to fade... the small little curls that were once there have gotten straighter and someday I just can't seem to keep up with her vocabulary, her little brain seems to be moving a mile a minute... then just the other night my husband informs me that she'll probably be taller than me one day.  Great, my little baby, who I can pick up and swing around, smother with kisses and hugs will one day look down upon her own mama.  It made me sad!

You can't keep them from growing up, but what you can do is snap as many photos of them as humanly possible... (kidding, not kidding).  I believe in the power of photography, documenting your life in a way that will capture the essence of who your family was at that moment in time.  It's not always pretty, but that's life.  

Remember to jump in the frame when ever possible and if you can't seem to turn the camera on yourself, hire someone who will be able to capture the essence of your family!  Kids change so fast and you don't want to forget the little details.