At 4 1/2 years of age Hannah said goodbye to much of her babyhood a long, long time ago. For me those baby and toddler years flew by in the blink of an eye even though I tried to appreciate each and every moment. The realization that my ‘baby’ is in school fulltime and flourishing quickly reminds me that I am the mom of an amazing, spunky, fun, beautiful, wonderful little girl who is no longer a baby and every bit a sweet little girl!
In the past week a couple of changes have taken place that also signify the final departures of babyhood. Even before I received Hannah’s referral I was blessed by friends who had a baby shower for Hannah and gave her her car seat that she used from the time she was 18 months of age.
Here she is serenading Mommy after gymnastics last weekend while enjoying one of her favourite DVD’s. I love her spirit!!
Even though she still fits the height and weight limit for this seat it will be a bit of a struggle once she is in her winter coat. I had purchased a new seat for her last year that we had in Mom and Dad’s van so this weekend we switched it up.
Hannah has reached the 40lb mark and at more than 43” she does not ‘have’ to be in 5-point harness any longer but for me safety is number one and I plan on keeping her in a 5-point harness as long as I possibly can. Maybe when she’s 16 and driving I’ll consider taking her out.
The other big change is one Hannah and I have been talking about for a bit and had decided that at 5 we would say goodbye to this but last Friday she decided was the day. Hannah was finally ready to say goodbye to her little bedtime bottle and she hasn’t looked back since.
Quite a while ago I took her down to just about 3oz. of milk but she still really ‘needed’ this transition time at night. I tried to take it away this past summer and it caused her such turmoil that it just wasn’t worth it. She just wasn’t ready. I knew in time – in her time – she would give it up and a week ago last Friday was that night and she hasn’t looked back. Our routine hasn’t changed much as we still have devotions together and after that she still has a small glass of warm milk, sitting on my lap. From there it’s upstairs to go to the bathroom, brush teeth, change into her pj’s and then cuddle time in bed while we say our bedtime prayers. I knew this change would be a big one for both of us but truly it really hasn’t been. Once again when she was ready she let me know and together we moved on to the next step.
No longer a baby and now a young girl whom Mommy loves like none other! I love you Hannah XiaoFen! xoxo