Monday, June 6, 2011

that Maddie...

Independence…was something I was very leery about with Maddie…I thought about it a lot...would she live on her own one day…would she get herself to school, drive, and then the little stuff we take for granted…getting dressed, brushing her tooth…and one by one those fears have gone to the back of my worry list…the major reason…as Maddie struggles with a milestone…and then when she masters that milestone…the confidence in herself increases…and so does my confidence in her…that someday she will be completely independent from me…I however did not think or want it to happen at the ripe age of 2…Maddie the other night was getting ready for bed…I wanted to cuddle and have her sleep with me…purely because I cannot get enough of her…but she would have none of it…she screamed and told me she wanted to go to her bed -alone…ok I can deal with that…but then this weekend…there was a whole new adventure…Chad and I were putting in some raised gardens in our yard…the kids were playing…and Maddie was happily driving her blue beater car…I looked up and there she goes…she started walking to the park...alone…all the while looking at me and nodding her head yes with a yeah yeah coming from her mouth…she knew how to get there...over the grass, to the walkway, through the tennis courts….yes it is just next door…but still...this little girl is 2! She kept pushing me away so she could do it herself…walking, falling getting up and going…. so I asked Max to help lead her there…she finally let me join in to catch her on the slide…and carry her home…she was just pooped after all that hard work! Maddie really believes she can do anything…my lesson from this…is let her do it…on her own with out me hovering…without me protecting….without me directing…Maddie once again made me smile

5 comments:

  1. Hahaha, go, Maddie!!!! I love toddler assertions of independence. But with our kids we get to see it so much more often and for so much longer. "I do it all by myself" is a BIG phrase in our household these days. There's no stopping Maddie now!

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  2. I love it! What a smart girl who knows exactly what she wants! :). Watch out world!

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  3. Silly girl! She's gonna do big things one day, but can you remind her that the "I do it myself phase" doesn't start until closer to 3! :)

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  4. Gotta keep an eye on that girl now she is on the go!!! This was too cute :)

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  5. Love this! Independence is a good thing, but it's a little bittersweet too. Claire is getting to this stage too. It's VERY easy to tell when she doesn't want help!

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