Seriously, kid. Just stop growing already. Okay? You’re almost four. You will be four in three months. Four. You’re so independent, so stubborn and so damn funny. You make me laugh every single day and the things that come out of your mouth baffle me half the time. You have so much love – and when it comes to your sister, a little too much.
Today, you packed your bag for your first unparented swimming lessons. You packed your swimsuit, your princess towel, soap, a hair brush and a pair of my high heels. I think you were confused about the attire for the pool deck. You were so angry when we got to the pool and you realised that I covertly removed them from your swimming bag while you were having a nap.
Then, we got to the toddler pool and you were so, so excited. And, a bit overwhelmed. You swim like a fish so we haven’t really thought about putting you in lessons before. Shy, you hid behind me when they were introducing the kids and when it came time to step into the toddler pool you were a. unimpressed because you wanted to go in the big pool and b. terrified because it was an overwhelming situation.
You cried. You climbed me and I held you and smoothed your hair, reassuring you. We whispered and I reassured you a bit more. You decided that you would give it a try and I was so proud of you.
Then, you decided that it looked like fun and you said I love you all the way to the moon. And, I told you I loved you all the way to Saturn – and that was it, off you went into the lesson, with the other kids.
You warmed up. You dove, you swam under the water of that shallow pool and you walked right under that waterfall while some of the other kids were more hesitant. I was so proud of you, you were so brave.
You sound so mature, in this tiny-little-person’s body saying things like, “Oh my god, this would be so perfect in my room” when we’re shopping at Homesense but then, you fall on your bike and you’re rushing back to my arms for cuddles.
I can’t believe you’re almost four. I can’t believe we’ve been parents for that long and that you’ve changed so much from this tiny little baby that did not like anyone but your parents for the first eighteen months of your life to this ball-of-energy, never-stopping, opinionated little person.And tonight when you crawl into our bed at three am, I won’t put you back in yours.
Can you just stop growing already?