Last week, the Bear made two decisions.
At the ripe old age of nearly three-and-a-half, he decided:
- He’s “all done” with naps.
- He no longer sucks his thumb.
These are both Good Things and Important Developments in the life of our child, and we are Very Proud of him for making these big-boy decisions all on his own.
It’s Too SOOOOOOOOON!!!
I know, I know. This is a very normal age for both of these things to happen.
And yet, I saw them both go with a pang of regret.
(Honestly, I miss his having a nap because it used to give me a nice break in the middle of the day!)
Seeing these last two holdovers from his babyhood and toddlerhood go, I did have a moment of sadness realizing that our baby is a baby no longer.
Mostly, I have to admit, I am impressed by his willpower. He told me he wouldn’t suck his thumb anymore, and he hasn’t.
Done. Finito. Se acabó.
For the Bear to suddenly “switch off” a habit that has been so reflexive for so long is seriously impressive.
(This is the child we saw sucking his thumb in the womb on an ultrasound.)
Maybe he’s just grown out of it and doesn’t need it anymore. Maybe he’ll pick it up again. Who knows?
I’m Not Ready
The long and the short of it is that I’M NOT READY!
He’s growing so quickly! Both our boys are practically giants, but because the Bear is the younger of the two I guess I feel it more keenly.
I can see why people decide to have a third, or even a fourth child. It’s a bittersweet moment for a parent when you realize they’re growing out of their childhood habits.
Luckily, there is so much joy to look forward to that the sad pang doesn’t last long.