Today Val began saying, "yes Mommy" consistently.
She's agreed with me before but it's always been a babyish "yeah" or "uh-huh" and before that it was nodding and smiling while signing "please." Then all of a sudden here she is saying "yes!" plain as day. No hint of a lisp, even. She's been expanding her vocabulary at an alarming rate. She's also started to use complete (simple) sentences. It seems like she learns how to say and correctly use 8 new words a day, at least. It's ridiculous. I can practically see her mind unfolding before me. I'm afraid to look away (for more than one reason!)
Today I listened to her tell me about how she was blowing bubbles at Miss Lynda's house and they were going, "pop! POP! pop!" and suddenly tears sprang to my eyes. Here I am conversing with a little girl. Where was my baby? Where was that sweet infant that made me a mother and allowed me to see my husband become the fantastic father he is? Does it really go this quickly? The days are so, SO long but the years are so short they shouldn't even be called years.
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...and they expect me to be able to hold it together enough to STAND as she starts the walk down the aisle at her wedding?
I've never experienced anything so poignantly bittersweet as motherhood.