2017 is the year when all my kids will grow up. Hanna will be four years old and William will be five years old and ready to start Kindergarten in the Fall. Ethan is turning 8 this month. I realized that he’s no longer the little mama’s boy and I have to allow him grow up into a big kid. Ethan was my first baby and I could not ask for a more perfect and handsome baby. Of course he had some early challenges like speech and developmental delays but with early intervention, he outgrew most of them and is doing well independently in school. He’s received Super Spots for good behavior and showing respect to his classmates and teachers. Ethan recently was also Star Student of the Week.
Hanna is growing out of toddlerhood and is now a happy preschooler. She is a little advanced for her age. In her developmental assessment, she scored as a four and a half years old child in her cognitive, emotional/social and fine/gross motor areas. Sometimes she surprises me that she can understand more difficult concepts easily at this age and ask me really thoughtful questions about life. Hanna likes putting different ideas together and figuring things out.
William surprises me that he can play all the pbskids.com, abcmouse.com, nick.com, nickjr.com, and disneyjunior.com with ease and wins at their challenges. He knows what is more and less in numbers and even knows how to do some simple addition questions. He’s not afraid of raising his hand when he knows the answer and usually it shoots up first. He’s an eager learner and loves to do homework!! He has lots of energy and wants to be an athlete like his older brother.
I’m very proud of my kids and how they are doing. I hope to continue to help them along their journey. Sometimes I look back and feel guilty that I did them enough attention. With Ethan, I wanted him to grow up fast because I didn’t want to keep him as a helpless baby. Looking back, I should have enjoyed his baby years more. He was the sweetest and most handsome baby ever. I realize that we can only live in the present and look forward to the future. I felt guilty about William because I couldn’t give him all of my attention in his early baby years because I was pregnant with Hanna. When Hanna was born, I gave most of my attention to her. I was a mommy with three kids who were four, one, and newborn all under five. Having three kids under five is tough. Having kids eleven months apart is also tough. I cared for my two kids under two for the first years of their lives.
This year, I will say good bye to seeing them as babies. It’s tough to look past this, but on the other hand it was an accomplishment that at least we got through the baby years together. My advice for you is to enjoy every moment with your little ones. They grow up so fast! This year, I will be almost 40. I will welcome the next stage of our lives together.