I'm married to a Guardsman, Joel, and am a proud momma to two sweet girls - Grace & Autumn. My life is, for better or worse, dictated by the military. In our 9 years of marriage, Joel's been on three deployments. This blog is about my journey as a wife and mother as we ride through life pre, post and during deployment. I don't pretend to have answers - often I'm just surviving. I hope to pour out my highs, lows, share my weaknesses and some victories - and I hope you can teach me something, too!
If you follow me on Twitter or are friends with me on Facebook, then you are well aware that Autumn turned 2 today. I'm sorry, but I'm one of those moms who is so in love with my kids that I expect you to be, too. And you should. Because they're pretty awesome kids and super cute, too.
Anyway, we celebrated Autumn's birthday the same way we did with Grace when she turned 2 - with a trip to Build-a-Bear and then lunch at Chuck-E-Cheese. The trip to Build-a-Bear was hysterical - she went crazy and ran from one thing to the next... free from her stroller and with so much stimuli. It was fun and she now has a bear named Crissy. We were then off to a heartburn-inducing lunch at Chuck-E-Cheese. It was fun. And I'm pretty sure Joel and I had as much fun as Autumn did, because skee ball is awesome.
At the end the day, a dear friend came over and had dinner with us and helped to celebrate Autumn's special day. While the kids were playing, I confessed to my friend that although we had a lot of fun today, I felt like I was mourning Autumn turning 2. As a mom, you always want your kids to grow. There would be something wrong if you never wanted your kids to grow in age, knowledge and understanding. That is your job as a mom - to make sure they get from being a newborn to a thriving adult.
But I'm having a hard time with it. Something about 2 says that I need to say goodbye to Autumn as a baby. And I'm not quite ready to do that. But she is - as evidenced with two new Autumn words today: "mall" and "pizza". My baby isn't quite a baby anymore.