Friday, March 25, 2016

9 Things About My Nine-Year-Old

My daughter Natalie turned nine last Saturday and I'm still in disbelief. She's growing up fast, but she's still my little girl. She'll always be my little girl.

Here are some things about her.









1. She has an amazing imagination. Sometimes she gets her brother to play along.



2. She still sits on my lap. She'll always be welcome on my lap. I don't care if she's 20 or 55. My lap is hers, always.


3. She wears her costumes out to play. Some kids tell her it's "babyish" but I'm glad she ignores them. Will she always ignore them? I don't know.



4. She listens to a lot of music that makes my ears hurt. (Ariana Grande, for one.)


5. She has a "boyfriend," but it's innocent. They write each other little notes and chase each other at recess. He gave her this for Valentine's Day:




6. Her current favorite toys are Shopkins, Beanie Boos, Littlest Pet Shop, My Little Pony, and American Girl stuff. She's also still into stuffed animals. She has sooo many stuffed animals.


7. She thinks she needs a bra. (She doesn't.)



8. She loves to climb things. I worry one day she's going to fall and break something. Maybe she will. But I imagine she won't regret it. I can picture her saying, "But I made it to the top! That was my goal!"




9. She still needs me. She's able to do a lot on her own now, but she still wants me around. She listens to my advice--she doesn't always take it, but it warms my heart that she asks me for it. I hope she always does. I know she might start to pull away from me--it's normal, it happens--but I also hope she remembers that I'm here for her. Through mean girl episodes, through period issues, through boy troubles...


I'm here, precious girl. I'm here.

34 comments:

  1. In that last photo, you can see the teen or adult she'll be. It's glorious.
    But still a kid, don't worry!
    Scarlet used to call a bra, a "brat." But not like when you're calling someone annoying a brat. It's more like "brat" in "bratwurst." Too funny!

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  2. She looks so cute. Loved the pictures.

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  3. Happy Birthday Natalie!!! What a great post that she will enjoy when she's older.

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  4. So sweet! My daughter, the 10 year-old, hates when we get on the topic of bras. :D
    XOXO
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  5. Aw kids are such jerks. She can wear her costumes as long as she wants! And I love that her "boyfriend" got her a pug bag!!!
    Happy 9th Birthday Natalie!

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    1. It's because she loves pugs, I'm sure. She talks about them a lot. It's because Dan, The Diamond Minecart, a Youtuber, has two pugs :P

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  6. Happy birthday, Natalie. She's just a few months older than my Henry. He still loves to snuggle in my lap too. It's precious time.

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  7. Just want to say that I love your writing style. Enjoy your posts very much.

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  8. Wow she is growing up to be such a beautiful young lady! I haven't been around for over 4 years so she really looks big!

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    1. Thank you! I was wondering what happened to you. You should blog again.

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  9. She is such a beautiful strong little lady!! I hope she always ignores people's comments too. Such a sweet post!

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  10. She and my granddaughter have some great things in common. Wearing costumes outside, climbing very high, sitting on laps, being imaginative, getting older brother to play along. Vi is younger; she'll be 8 in June. But I feel the same way you do...seeing the lovely and spirited young lady she is becoming, treasuring the bond we have now, hoping it will last. Happy Birthday, Natalie!

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  11. Wow, Natalie IS growing up! As someone else said, that last picture gives you a hint of the teen to come. Happy Birthday to your "little" girl.

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  12. I didn't wear bras until I was thirteen, but I definitely needed it! The Valentine's day is so cute.


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  13. I absolutely love how imaginative Natalie is and I love when you share it with us! I hope that my daughter stays as imaginative and still wants to where her costumes at 9! Raising a girl is hard, but I wouldn't give her up for anything.

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      (I hate typos that I overlook.)

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  14. Love this post! She seems like an amazing girl...!

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  15. So sweet <3 does your daughters "boyfriend" know about this YouTube guy that gave her a shout-out?!

    She's adorable :)

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  16. I laughed at the bra. I don't think my husband would have been able to handle a daughter. I have two boys, 8 & 11 and they both will sit in my lap. The 11 year old less than he used to but if he isn't feeling well he want his mom for sure!

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  17. I love this age! I'm looking forward to having a 9 year old daughter. My oldest is 3 now and loves My Little Pony as well.

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  18. My little one is almost a year and a half and he is growing up so fast, can't imagine this age yet for him. Your daughter sounds like a great kid.

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  19. She is adorable and sweet girl. Happy Birthday Natalie!

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  20. If I haven't made it super obvious before now, your daughter is my favorite topic to read about on your blog!
    Do tell her I said so -- and wish the little cutie a very happy birthday in arrears on my behalf :-)

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  21. I love when littles stay little... My daughter still loves some of these things and is older than yours. It warms my heart that she isn't trying to grow up too fast!

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  22. I love your posts about Natalie's activities or her Instagram pictures. She is adorable and am sure she would be so proud to have you as her mom! I also admire your parenting style where you've given space to your kids and respect their ideas and beliefs!

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  23. Kids are always going to bring you so much excitation anytime and every milestone they reach is an amazing thing to watch out. Natalie looks cute and her innocent boyfriend stuff is quiet adorable, I love that amazing gift too! Despite their age I agree they always want us to be with them anytime!

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  24. Awww i love reading this. Takes my back to those days when I was her age. Life seems so simple back then. She looks super happy btw! Love the part where she writes notes with her "boyfriend".

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  25. So sweet! My 10 (almost) 11 year old son still sits on my lap and I love that he does. I know it won't last much longer, but I am savoring the moment :-)

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  26. I love your posts.They are a breathe of fresh air.It's cute she wears her costumes for play.

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  27. What a sweet girl. You 2 are lucky to have each other.

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