How did we get from this….
Yesterday, Peanut turned five years old. F-I-V-E!!!!! Can you believe it?
Five years ago, my oldest and her husband gave Entrepreneur and I the gift of a grandchild. And it truly is a gift. Skipping past the labor and delivery stories, it’s a day I’ll never forget. A day when a squirmy bundle of love was placed in my arms and I became Nana.
She’s been so much a part of our lives since that day. When Daddy was deployed, she came to live with us at 5 months old with her Mama. They moved back to the base just before she was two. They’re temporarily back with us now while they pursue other opportunities outside of the military.
And it seems to have flown by. Gone are the days when she was content to sit and……okay, I lied….she never was content just to sit. From the beginning, she’s been an inquisitive child, full of curiosity and determination…determination being the operative word for FIVE.
The past year has been full of firsts and transitions. Getting used to Mama working and Daddy going to school, she’s had her own opportunity to test out that school-thing. She’s made friends and is learning about relationships outside of family. She even has a (*ahem*) BF….but we’re not going to tell Daddy. 😉
All week, we morphed the house into a Candy Land party to celebrate FIVE. (now you know why I haven’t been around lately) On Saturday, as her first friends made their way down the path through the Lollypop Woods, they spent the next two hours around more sugar than a person should be exposed to in one day. And then, we sent them home. (Bwhahahahah)
FIVE will probably be a big year. Gone are the Baby Days, and the Toddler Days are over and done with. Now we move into the Year of the Preschooler, and then it’ll seem like a dead run to High School Graduation.
FIVE will come with it’s own set of challenges. Did I mention she was a determined little girl? I don’t refer to her as our Pocket Rocket for no reason. We will be challenged to find a balance between enforcing boundaries without crushing her spirit; how to handle those overwhelming emotions without losing control…and hopefully she will learn that as well!
Peanut, my love, you are a blessing and I can’t imagine life without you. And when our days become difficult and challenging, my mantra will be:
A bad day with you is always better than one day without you.
Happy Birth Day to Mama, Daddy and Peanut!