Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Getting ahead of ourselves

Last night I was getting the May Queen ready for bed. I was in her bathroom, washing my hands, and she had just picked her two bedtime stories and was sitting on her bed, waiting for me to read them.

"I think I'll grow a girl first."

"Hmmm?" I asked.

"In my tummy. When I'm a grownup. I think I'll grow a girl first."

I crawled onto the bed behind her and pulled her into my lap.

"Then you will be the mommy of a little girl, just like I'm the mommy of you, my little girl."

"But you will still be MY mommy."

"I'll always be your mommy. And if you have a little girl, I'll be her grandma."

"Yeah."

I gave her a squeeze, feeling both happy about the present and excited about the future, but wanting it all to slow down.

"So... what book are we reading?"

34 comments:

ewe are here said...

Awwwwww.

Makes me want to try for that wee little girl I dream about myself...almost. ;-)

thailandchani said...

What an interesting conversation between you. Now she'll be asking about her grandma... who will be her little girl's great-grandma.

Oh, my! This does get complicated, doesn't it?

Fortunately you have plenty of time before the issue of cousins and second cousins comes up. :)

Jen of A2eatwrite said...

What a sweet conversation. And nice to have changed to books, too. ;-)

flutter said...

this is so darling

Don Mills Diva said...

Aww - what a lovely moment - thanks for sharing.

Aimee Greeblemonkey said...

I love moments like that.

Rima said...

This little story makes me wish I could hug the both of you!

The V-meister often talks about putting on a big white dress and getting married. She plans to marry her grandparents, though.

Tracey said...

Sigh... They do so want to grow up fast... I remember when Evan started sobbing because he didn't WANT to grow up and leave home... Me neither, kiddo...

Beck said...

My oldest child has decided never, ever to have boys, thanks to her little brother. Ah, family.

Amy Y said...

Wow. And the scariest thing is... you'll be there before you know it. Just don't blink, Mama.

Kathryn said...

So precious. What a great moment.

When my third was born I made sure that I called my older two boys "my babies" all the time so they didn't feel pushed into being "the older boys" too quickly. I always tell them that no matter how big they get (even when they are bigger than daddy) they will always be my babies. They love it. Can't get enough of it.
It is so precious how kids want to be grown up and little at the same time. So sweet.

slouching mom said...

Aww... Sniff.

jen said...

it's almost miraculous, isn't it...watching this happen, being a part of it. ooof.

carrie said...

So cute.

Katie rubbed her tummy earlier today and said "I'm growin' my babies mom."

I wanted to laugh and cry at the same time.

Emily said...

I have tears on my cheeks.

My first born baby girl will be eleven in the morning. If it were up to her, she'd put on her running spikes and sprint toward adolescent and right out the door.

It all goes too fast, Maypole.

Mary Alice said...

So sweet. I remember mine saying things like that..then they went through a period where they were never ever going to have children...now they're back to maybe. It's interesting to see the way their ideas change.

Sober Briquette said...

Fiona says she wants to be a mom when she grows up. I'm not sure if this is because she doesn't really know any working moms or what. I can not ever remember wanting to be a mom when I was growing up.

Hydes Like Us said...

**sniff**

Mrs. Hyde

wheelsonthebus said...

How interesting that she is thinking like that. I wonder if only girls talk about having babies in their bellies when they get older. We've never told Zach that men don't get pregnant, but I wonder if he's noticed.

Emily

the dragonfly said...

Soon after the Little Mister was born I was talking on the phone with my mom about becoming a grandma. Suddenly I though The Little Mister might have a son or daughter someday. I might be a grandma someday.

First I got teary.

Then I almost had a heart attack.

Slow down, Mamma!

Family Adventure said...

How lovely. :)

Heidi

Family Adventure said...

How lovely. :)

Heidi

Jen M. said...

Ooof.

My heart.

Jennifer said...

My daughter talks about the babies she will have, too. My sons never talk about it. So, so, sweet. (But, yes, I want it to all slow down, too!)

Aliki2006 said...

T. has talked about her future babies, too--she wants a little boy first, so it can be her "baby brother"--ha!

Oh, The Joys said...

So sweet!

zellmer said...

Aaaw. I can't wait to have these conversations with my daughter.

Wayfarer Scientista said...

LOL! They make your head spin sometimes don't they?

shay said...

Sometimes the bedtime conversations are the ones the knock you back on your heels the most!

I'm not ready to think about that one quite yet!

thirtysomething said...

Little girls have their sweet moments, don't they? Sometimes there just isn't anything better than a little girl.

MamaGeek said...

That truly is the stuff Mom's wait for! Very sweet.

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NotSoSage said...

Mmm, I love those moments. Right now, Mme L is convinced that when she has a baby, it will be me. Which is kind of a lovely way of looking at the universe, I think.

Victoria said...

Is it a girlie thing? Because my Girl talks off babies often too. And living next door to me. I hope she feels that way for ever.

Loved this, PM: "feeling both happy about the present and excited about the future, but wanting it all to slow down"

Perfectly put.