My Princess is a legend.
I’m proud of her every day. Every time I look at her fudgey little cheeks and those HUMONGOUS eyes, my heart melts. She’s a wee dote and while I love both of my girls equally, she’s the only BABY I have left… Her sister is ready for college… 😂
I’ve always been delightfully smug when I could say things like “Ah she’ll go to anyone” and “She NEVER makes strange!” In fairness to the wee toot, my whole “Bump & Beyond” event was inspired by her and we’re a very busy family, so it’s fair to say that she’s been used to being handed to other people “for a minute” since she was born! She’s a truly easy baby, if there is such a thing?
She’s easy going and happy as long as someone is smiling at her…it doesn’t matter if she knows you…just SMILE DAMMIT! ☺
But in the past few days, she has suddenly realised that Mummy has a habit of buggering off and she has decided that it’s time to protest.
Since I returned to work, I’ve been missing her terribly. I miss both of them obviously, but Mini-Me is off on her own wee adventure and is sooooo happy at school that it’s hard for me to be anything OTHER than happy for her.
Princess on the other hand, is still my baby. She still at that precious stage of “firsts”. I’ve been with her for all of them so far, but now that I’m off out at work again, I’m starting to get sad about what I’m missing.
In the past week, she’s decided to up her GUILT GAME: Startled looks as I hand her to Granny. Crawling after me shouting “Mama Mama!”. Whining as I go out the door in the morning. 😭
It’s breaking my stupid heart, because it’s so sudden. It’s as if she’s finally understood that I’m leaving. I’m simply going to work, but o her, I’m ABANDONING her!! Ok, well I exaggerate obviously, bit still. It’s taking the shine off my enthusiasm for going back to my lovely workplace a little.
But the sad eyes when I’m leaving are happily countered by the new excitement she shows when I come home. She bounces out of the arms of whoever is holding her. She smiles that adorable smile and she squeals with excitement and pulls my hair while she slabbers all over me! The Mummy Bun is up within 2 minutes of entering the room and no matter what I’ve been doing or where I’ve been, that mummy bun means I’m back where I should be.
And that’s what keeps me going.
Because as much as we’re both having to get used to our new routine…we will. And while she WILL sometimes get upset as I leave, as long as I know she’ll react with such pure and perfect love every time I come home, it’ll get me to hometime each day.
Was I the same with Mini-Me? Of course, but I suppose this time feels a little different as I’m “aware”.
Aware of how quickly they grow up…
Aware of how suddenly Mini-Me stands in front of me as an independent, ass-kicking almost 5 year old…
Aware that before I know it, Princess will also be off to school and running out of my arms without even thinking about missing me…
Aware that each of her “lasts” is most likely MY lasts as a Mummy too.
Soppy Mum for a change.
No funnies tonight.
I’m on my best behaviour after Mini-Me’s last words to me before bedtime… “I’m telling my teacher on you.”
Is it Gin o’ clock yet?