A mix of bittersweet emotions came over me. It took me back to the day he cut his first baby tooth. I was so happy to see the little bit of white peek through his bottom gums but it also hurt my heart to know he was growing up so quickly.
Christian turned ten years old last month but I hadn't expected any changes to come along with it. I don't know why, but I thought we had a few more years to think about hormones and "all that".
Taking him to his annual check-up though, the nurse stopped me cold. "Mom." She calmly said..."You do know that he's getting ready to start to change."
You could have knocked me over where I stood.
"Mom, it's something you need to prepare for. He's not going to be your baby forever you know. Next year he probably won't even want you to come into the check-up with him."
I didn't know whether to feel a maternal sense of pride that our oldest son was maturing, or start crying.
"He can't be ready for that. He's TEN!"
She looked him over again and said, "I'm not saying that he's going through things now, I'm simply telling you to prepare for the next few years. It is inevitable you know."
I know, I know.
She went on to say that he would go through mood swings and all of these other details that are going to present themselves.
Suddenly I couldn't get the song, "Time to Change" by the Brady Bunch out of my head. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKEQm10-n84
We'll see how the next few years go and I guess there's nothing to do but to take everything day by day.
I figure, by the time our third son hits this stage in life, we should be a little more prepared...and then...we'll have...our daughter. Lord help us.
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