When New Parenting Milestones Mean The End Of Baby-hood


A few weeks ago I got sick with a cold that is still around today…so it seems this cold has turned into one of those lingering sinus infections. So I will have to see if I can get a prescription called in for some antibiotics so that I’m feeling well enough for holiday festivities this week. My son only has 2 days of school this week and we’ll be preparing (for the eighth year in a row) to host Thanksgiving. 

My youngest will be turning 4 at the end of next week! I just can’t believe I will no longer have a toddler. You don’t really call four-year old’s toddlers. They are pre-schoolers….and while I believe my ovaries jumped out of my body into oncoming traffic a few years ago, it still makes me a bit sad. The baby years of parenting for me are over. Gosh did I really just say that? 

I guess if I ever feel the need to have another baby, I’ll just offer to watch my friend’s little ones and I’ll quickly remember the two years I had children attached to my body and the lack of sleep I had and will be happy to hand them back over. 😉 

In two years I will have another kindergartner…in two years my life will once again change. I will have two-grade school children and with that, I might be looking at a career outside of blogging? I mean unless blogging somehow starts earning me at least 5 figures. 

Anyway, as a parent how did you approach the years where babyhood was left behind and you embraced the school age years? I say this as I watch my three-year-old run naked through the family room to grab toys for his bath. At least babyhood doesn’t disappear overnight. It’s slowly taken away from us each passing day. 

Eating spaghetti O’s in his undies. At least that is still very (three-years-old) and probably a habit not going away anytime soon. 🙂


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18 thoughts on “When New Parenting Milestones Mean The End Of Baby-hood

  1. I know exactly how you feel. I only have one child and she will be turning 15 in a month and a half. I always get very nostalgic for my baby, during the holidays especially. Time really does fly 🙁

  2. I have two children that are 11 months apart. I feel like I got a double dose of each which was amazing, but it also meant everything happened so fast! One was walking one year, the other the next, and then no more baby. One was talking, and then the next, then no more babble. So sad!

  3. I can totally relate. My 4 year old will be in kindergarten next year. How did the time pass so quickly? I see some mature school-age traits in her, and then I see some immature toddler-like behavior, too! I guess we have to just embrace every day for what it brings with these kids, because the time passes very quickly.

  4. My kids are all grown and it seems like yesterday that they were preschoolers. It’s like they started school and then there’s a blur and now I’ve got grandkids. And I still feel like I’m 30-something. 🙂

  5. I remember being sad too, but you have so many things to look forward to! My daughter is grown, beautiful, kind and I have three gorgeous grandsons. It’s all a wonderful journey.

  6. It is a bitter sweet moment when we realize are babies are not our babies anymore. The years go by so fast as they are growing up. The one good thing is that no matter how old our children get they will always need their moms and that is if they don’t want to admit it or not. 😀 I have to say you are probably right about eating in his underwear. lol

  7. I find that focusing on their current and future milestones helps me not mourn the ones that have passed. Those first years are a sweet experience, though, huh?

  8. Sorry if I submit two comments! I lost the connection as I was posting!
    My youngest is turning three, so I know how you feel! We’re into the preschool years too. I have grade-school and preschool, no more babies here!

  9. I actually just started “babyhood.” My first daughter was born on 11/19 – So I’m not sure. But I know it feels scary, thinking about her growing up so fast!

  10. I have to say, my boys are grown, and my daughter was 21 when she passed away, I so miss those days when they were little and would give anything to have them back. Thanks for sharing this post!

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