July 14, 2017
We call a lot of things “big girl” things in this house. Perhaps it’s to encourage you to try them, perhaps to distinguish what the expectations are between you and the baby, perhaps it’s just something we say.
Big girl stairs is a biggie. For weeks we have been holding your hands and letting you walk up the stairs (as opposed to doing it on your own but in a crawl position). You think it’s hilarious to use your legs like that and we often count the stairs or say funny things on each one to mark them off.
And then this week, you let go of our hands.
You did big girl stairs like a big girl and I nearly lost my mind.
I mean, you quite literally let go of our helping hands and took a literal step towards your own independence.
And while I’m thrilled to see you mastering your body and learning how maneuver it in the world around you, I can’t help but feel the pangs of being needed less. One day it’s walking up stairs, the next you are gone to university. Dramatic? Maybe. I just had a baby 3 weeks ago so forgive the added emotions here.
So this post is just a reminder to you that you might not need to hold my hands anymore in order to get where you want to go, you may not want to have help as you climb your proverbial mountain but in case you do, I’m always up for a flight of big girl stairs. Or ten.