I’m linking up with Lisa-Jo and the Five Minute Friday writers today – and the prompt is:
We moved her into her big girl bedroom this week. The one with the tent where she could sit cozy and comfy and read books if it weren’t filled to overflowing with pillows and stuffed animals. I moved artwork, chairs, books, took apart an entire bed just to put it back together on the other side of a wall.
I close the door to her nursery and open the door to her big girl room and it’s like a physical shift from baby to toddler. We snuggle in the same chair, now in a new place, and I think about how this girl who says shockingly kind words to me:
It’s perfect, mama.
You buy it for me? I love it. Thank you.
You my best friend.
…she used to just look up at me with those big brown eyes and I’d wonder what was going through her mind. I don’t wonder any more. The endless questions, demands, requests, songs, dance parties in tutus – those are the big girl things life is made of now.
And as I move my office into her nursery I realize how full circle we’ve come. My office started here in this room. Moved out to make room as I God asked me to close the door on a career-focused life and instead take on the title of “mommy.” That was a hard transition. A new identity. A new responsibility. And now I type these words in this same space but with a new heart that embraces who I am in this season. Another hard transition, but full of joy as I see our family growing and changing.
I sneak quietly out of her room at night, mama radar on high alert to avoid making any sounds that might disturb the little one snuggled down in new Minnie Mouse blankets in her new toddler bed and I close the door another day, another chapter, with an expectant heart for what God has next.
And for a little bonus fun, please enjoy this video of Madi’s toddler concert. Excuse the awful videography – I was laughing, shooting on my iPhone, and standing way in the back. Where she saw me and spent the first 5 minutes telling everyone “it’s MY mommy! Hi! Mommy, hi! It’s MY mommy! Look!”