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Single digits

by RosieS on March 2, 2013

Toddler playing trains

She climbs into bed next to me in the mornings.

She holds my hand as we walk along the road.

She makes up stories with imaginary characters.

She asks me to read to her at night.

She tells me everything.

She asks my advice.

She looks up to me.

She tells me her secrets.

She misses me when I’m gone.

She wants to live with me forever.

She’s now nine, nearly ten.

Kicking a football in the garden

Single digits, but only just.

She is sometimes grumpy, often argumentative. She’s starting to find her own path.

She’s changing, growing up. Pushing the boundaries. Learning the ways of the world.

She’s stronger than she looks.

She knows her own mind.

She’s starting to form her own opinions.

She claims she’s always right.

She is my girl.

She is the only child I have.

And I can feel her childhood years slipping through my fingers so much faster than I would like.

{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

Chris at Thinly Spread March 2, 2013 at 5:32 pm

*sobs* beautiful girl (both of you) xxx

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Liz Weston aka @TheLizWeston March 2, 2013 at 5:35 pm

I’m really struggling with this right now. My 6 year old has decided he doesn’t need to kiss me every morning before he goes to school and it’s breaking my heart. It makes me want to cuddle and hold him even more than I would normally do. And then when my 4 year old hangs from my neck and snuggles in, it finishes me off and I end up crying. I’m at their whim now – wanting their kisses and cuddles more than they want mine.

I love that we are all producing strong, independent, feisty, go getting, adventurous people to go out into the world. I just didn’t realise they’d be going so soon, that time would pass so quickly. x

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lucy at dear beautiful March 2, 2013 at 5:36 pm

Awww this is so lovely. Although kind of sad too, childhood seems like such a sprint sometimes when we wish it was more of a slower long-distance run.
But for that little bit of time when I got to meet your gorgeous girl, I’d say she is an absolute credit to you and that she’ll grow up into a fine young lady. X

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NInja cat March 2, 2013 at 5:40 pm

Beautiful its trying to forever capturing those special moments in time.

She’s a credit to you x

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Midlife Singlemum March 2, 2013 at 5:41 pm

Lovely post. What I think I like about nine almost ten is that dresses herself and doesn’t throw the sofa cushions all over the floor every day (I assume). While I totally get it about childhood years slipping away – I love it when my 4yo edges towards a little more independence.

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Ali March 2, 2013 at 5:50 pm

Ahhh lovely post, she looks such a super girl and though no-one can promise it will be always smooth she will always be your girl and you will always be her fabulous Mum. x x x

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Chris at Thinly Spread March 2, 2013 at 5:51 pm

PS, the cuddles come back…I still have them with my 15 and 16yo boys, my 13yo girl and my 7yo :-)

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Jean March 2, 2013 at 6:00 pm

Don’t worry, she’s still your little girl and will always be your baby. She’s just finding her feet xx

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Sarah Ebner March 2, 2013 at 7:27 pm

This is beautiful.

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Jen aka The Mad House March 2, 2013 at 8:58 pm

This is just so how I feel at the moment. I was checking memory cards in old cameras and came across some old images of the boys. It melted my heart. They grow up so fast, but they are also growing in to independent young men.

She is a real credit to you Rosie

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Actually Mummy March 2, 2013 at 10:28 pm

Gosh this has made me ache inside for my own little girl growing up. We’re having such a tough time just now as she tackles her own emotions and challenges in life.

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Cherished By Me March 2, 2013 at 10:32 pm

Funny you should write this, my number 4 turned 10 today. I look at her and wonder where that time has gone…it goes far too quickly doesn’t it.
It sounds as though you have the most amazing relationship though Rosie. Xxx

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Mummy Mania March 4, 2013 at 8:19 pm

Beautiful – and it makes me think how my poor mum felt! I’ve a few years off (although my 7 year old os getting fiercly independent!). She’ll always be yours….

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Monika aka mumonthebrink March 9, 2013 at 11:11 pm

Oh so beautiful and so true… they grow up way too quickly!

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