Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Growing Up and Independence

Ask any mother, and she will tell you that children simply grow up too fast.

Thus is not the case with my sweet Bigger Girl. Not that I'm going to complain - much - but she's always been slower than most when it comes to big feats of independence. It's just her personality, and I try not to let it frustrate me. I should appreciate it, right, this extended period of "I need Mommy"?

Tonight, we had another Breakthrough of Independence.

My kiddo gave herself a bath without any help.

Now, don't laugh too much. If it weren't for her super-thick, waist-length hair, we could've accomplished this years ago. But it really is kind of tough to wash that much hair, and we've been working for awhile now on getting her to do it well without help.

For half an hour this evening, I got to sit and play with Littler Girl while her sister happily played and washed in the tub. And at the end of it all, I was still dry and Bigger Girl was proud of her accomplishment. Man, oh man, am I glad it finally worked out!

Sadly, Littler Girl is not afflicted with the same Anti-Independent gene. And so she was screaming and crying when the shampoo got in her eyes because "I'm a big girl too. I can wash myself too. I don't need your help." Gah, it's a shame we can't join the two together and get them growing up at just the right speed, isn't it?

1 comment:

Wendy said...

Funny! My little one is the same way.

That's really funny b/c I remember it being a milestone when my older daughter took a shower independently for the first time. I can't even imagine that there was a time I had to sit there with her. Geez, before too long, you'll just be like, "get in the shower, you stink" and go about your day feeling like an old lady when younger bloggers write about these milestones. sniff, sniff.