My husband and I just celebrated our ten year anniversary. Madison turned nine and everything has been one change after another since then. She is turning into the proverbial "tween". I mean I knew it was coming, I just had no idea that it would get here so soon. She wants to pick out her own clothes, be with her friends instead of Will and me, the smart mouth has started, and then of course all those other "fun" things that begin to happen at this age are just around the corner. The posters are already covering her walls (albeit mostly Disney kids) and her own taste in music is definitely starting to develop.
I've read several blogs from other mothers that have either already dealt with this or are in the midst of dealing with it and although it makes me feel better for a bit, it doesn't take away the sting that, "Oh my goodness, my daughter is growing up, when did that happen?"
Don't get me wrong, she has completely gone to the dark side yet, but I can feel the force. It's hiding in the dark corners of my house just waiting. To go completely with the Star Wars theme, I wish I knew right now what I could use for my light saber. (Did I even spell that right? I just realized that I'd never seen that in print). I, like every other parent, just don't want her growing up so fast.