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It comes with the age.  All M wants to do is do things herself.  She’s pretty adamant about it.

She insists on feeding herself now, which is a blessing and a curse.  It’s a blessing because it’s one less thing I have to take care of, but a curse because of the clean up.

She’s likes to brush her own teeth, comb her own hair, do her own morning routine.

God forbid, I try to help her.

It’s cute watching her try to exert her independence, but it is also a little heartbreaking.  For the past three years, I’ve been her source for everything.  She has been depending on me for so many things.  M showing me that she can do so many things by herself reminds me that she’s growing up and is no longer my little baby anymore.  I may be a bit over dramatic (I’ve been known for that) in thinking that she will soon no longer need me anymore.

It’s a rollercoaster of emotions.

Overall, I’m proud.  I’m a proud mama.  I know that I’ve taught her well enough to be comfortable in doing things on her own.

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M is finally at the age where she’s strong enough to open the refrigerator door by herself.

We tested this one day when she asked for milk.

We told her that the milk was in the refrigerator and that she should try to get it.  She happily ran/jumped/skipped/sang her way to the refrigerator door.  Lo and behold, she was able to open it, look for her sippy cup of milk, grab it, and close the door behind her.

The look of accomplishment on her face was priceless.  I wish I had a camera floating around ready to go at every moment to capture the priceless looks on her face.

Yes.  I cried.  I cried because she’s another step closer to independence. I cried because it’s another reminder of how she isn’t a baby anymore.  I cried because I was just as proud as she was that she did it all by herself.

It really is the little things, those little accomplishments, that make you appreciate how precious time is.  I almost don’t even want to blink because I don’t want to miss out on anything..
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