Where did the time go???

They say that time flies and they are so right. I cannot believe that my oldest is only one year away from double digits. I am not sure when that happened? I feel like she was 3 and I blinked and now she is 9. Maybe it is because we have all been home during quarantine that I have noticed it more, but she has changed so much in the last year.

They say that 9 is the beginning of the "tween" years and I can see the difference. Last year she was still asking for toys when her birthday came around. This year....clothes, jewelry, lotions, hair stuff and, of course, shoes. She went from needing to be reminded to brush her messy hair to spending HOURS in front of the mirror. She does her hair multiple times because it has to be just right. We are not longer Mommy and Daddy. We have become Mom and Dad.

When I look at her I can see so much of myself. She is almost as tall as I am now. She has my nose and round eyes. Her eyes are just more blue than mine. Our cheeks are the same when we smile., but she has a cute freckle under her nose. Her hair is cut in the same style, but hers is naturally platinum blonde and mine has darkened over the years. Everyone says she looks like me, but I think she is much prettier. But, looks aside, there are other things I can see. She has the same awkward, nervous laugh, the same demeanor. Yet, she is so different. She surprises me every day. She is one of a kind and beautiful inside and out.

I try to take her out for pictures each year for her birthday. Up until this year I always picked out her outfit for pictures. This year, she already knew what she wanted to wear. She also wanted to wear more than one outfit and knew what kind of pictures she wanted to take. She knows what she likes and what she doesn't. She is becoming her own person with her own personality. I love watching her grow and change. I love being her mom.