All grown up

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All grown up
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Thu, 08-25-2011 - 11:22am

Oldest dd turns 21 this weekend and I'm truly surprised how emotional I feel about it. I don't know why - I wasn't particularly interested in first birthdays, or the kids hitting their teens... even the girls' 18th birthdays seemed pretty routine (they honestly still seemed so young). But for some reason, the 21st is hitting me hard emotionally. She seems so grown up now-an adult in a way she wasn't before, in spite of living at home...maybe because I left for basic training the day after I turned 21, and I viewed that as starting my adult life. I'm also a little sad that her (bio)dad didn't live to see this day. She's grown into a lovely young woman. She did some modeling for a local photographer this summer and I think she looks beautiful (of course, I'm wildly biased, but I think that's okay for moms).

http://www.katedwyerphotography.com/blog/2011/06/welcome/

http://www.katedwyerphotography.com/

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Thu, 08-25-2011 - 6:12pm

She is beautiful!!

I had similar "moments" for each of my kids, but it tended to happen related to milestones for them rather than birthdays.

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Thu, 08-25-2011 - 6:12pm

However ask me in a week when DS turns 16 and starts driving--maybe I notice the growth more w/ him since there's such a diff. look to boys, first his voice changed (it's deeper than his dad's), then he started shaving (still only a little), grew taller than me and this summer he's been working out a lot, so all of a sudden he's really built.

I noticed ds11 had the beginning of facial hair on his upper lip this week- it really will be strange to

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Fri, 08-26-2011 - 12:12pm
She is GORGEOUS Theresa! Happy Birthday to DD and big (((HUGS))) to mom!
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Fri, 08-26-2011 - 8:53pm

The biggest "oh my!!" moment though? When I walked into the hospital room after T texted us to say Wyatt was here and saw N holding her son - my GRANDSON

In some ways, that was when I felt like a real adult (having children) so I guess it makes sense that it would make our kids seem all grown-up. I am looking forward to being a grandma - that's the nice thing about large families.. I kind of figure that at least one of the four will make me a grandma, even if the other three don't have kids. ;)

Theresa

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Sun, 08-28-2011 - 8:54am

Your daughter is beautiful! What gorgeous eyes!

My kid's milestones always bring about very bittersweet emotions for me. I have definitely been accused of being way too emotional and sentimental but everything from the first day of kindergarten, to "big" birthdays, getting their licenses,graduation and now, heading off to college (the big one) seems to send me in a bit of a tailspin. I've been thinking alot about this lately and wondering why watching my kids grow up can sometimes be so difficult for me.

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Sun, 08-28-2011 - 9:12am
Get a dog...or three. Your house will NEVER be quiet, and you will never be bored. Whenever I sit down for more than 2 minutes, one of my "boys' wants to get in my lap, or presents me with a toy. The other day, I had a tummy ache, and was on the throne. My most active boy managed to get the door open, and kept bring me his tug toys. I kept flinging them out the door, and trying to shut it after him, without actually getting up. Wasn't working, and he could NOT understand why I was being such a party "pooper"!
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Sun, 08-28-2011 - 9:35am

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Registered: 10-25-2006
Sun, 08-28-2011 - 9:46am

Haha...love the pun, Sabr!

Dogs are good company, but a big responsibility, as well.

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Sun, 08-28-2011 - 10:23am

I can easily get my fill of kids! I

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Sun, 08-28-2011 - 6:03pm

I also have a fear of an empty house. Today is our first full day at without children at home. It is so quiet. I hate it