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April 04, 2011

The big 5. Oh no.

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The past few days have been a hurricane of wrapping paper and party hats and pink frosting. In case you missed it: Mads is 5.

Five! How can that be? She's way too young to be 5. I'm way too young for her to be 5. Forget the midlife crisis, I'm having a kindergarten one.

I'd pull the sheets over my head and ignore it if I could, but of course she won't let me. "Remember I'm a 5-year-old now, Mom?" "I can do it by myself, I'm a 5-year-old." "That was a 5-year-old hug." "The tag on my shirt says 5, and I'm 5 now - it's perfect!"

And she does seem older, somehow. Part of it is that she just has her own life going on - her own friends, her own ideas, her own style (skirts, always skirts). But beyond that she seems more independent, more sure of herself, less... fretful. As though the ground beneath her little feet has suddenly become more stable. She just seems to trust it - and her whole world - a tiny bit more.

As hard as it sometimes is to watch her grow up, and grow away from me, it helps to see that she's doing such a good job of it.

Have I mentioned lately how much I love this girl? Oh my. How I love this girl.

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i can't believe your baby girl is 5!!! happy bday mads!! we love ya!1

Posted by: brandee | Apr 11, 2011 10:06:46 AM

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