Friday, March 18, 2016

When Your Daughter Turns Nine...

When your daughter turns nine, you wonder how time could fly by so quickly.

One minute she's this:









And the next minute, she's this.



You're also aware that she's growing up. That next year she'll be in the double digits. Two whole hands. 


So you start to wonder if it'll be the last time she dresses up....






You start to wonder if it'll be the last time she thinks dolls are cool....




You start to wonder if this will be the last time she calls you Mommy....



You start to wonder if this will be the last time she holds your hand in public....



You start to wonder if she'll want to do the Bippity Boppity Boutique the next time we go to Disney World. Will she still have the same expression of intense joy when she sees herself done up for the first time? Or will it be no big deal?






You start to wonder if this will the last time she'll let you dress her for a holiday....





Will there be a warning? Or will these things suddenly stop?

I don't know the answers. She is my first girl. My only girl, who still calls me Mommy when her friends are around and who reaches for my hand when we're at the store without embarrassment.

Yes.

It's her last year in single digits.




And I intend to enjoy every moment of it.

28 comments:

  1. Awww. Lovely post. My daughter also turns nine this year and I am wondering all of the above things, too! It's crazy how fast they grow up isn't it?
    Beautiful photos!

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  2. happy birthday to her!! it flies by, doesn't it?? i still call mine, mommy! such a sweet post.

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  3. Wishing her a very very Happy Birthday!!! :)

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  4. Happy birthday to your baby girl!! All of her pictures are so cute!!!They grow up so very fast!! All I want to do is smell my daughter's head. I swear if they put that smell in jars we would all be "Hooked"!! I often say to my friends, go ahead, smell her head and they give me weird looks... But I swear it is addictive!

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  5. Happy Birthday to your sweet baby girl. I can't answer your question because my step daughter was 10 when I met her but I can tell you just a little about O. When I met her almost 3 years ago, she hated boys and makeup. She didn't care what she looked like or what she wore as long as she was comfortable. If someone didn't like her that was her problem. She was stubborn and a total tomboy who hunted and fished.
    Fast forward to now: Totally stuck on finding cloths every time we shop. Likes boys but doesn't want either of her "real" parents to know. Wears makeup when she goes to a school dance and actually cut her hair. Hasn't hunted in 2 years but she still loves fishing. Oh and she is still totally stubborn but who she is now is a country girl. Go figure.

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  6. Aw... now I want to cry. Scarlet is six and that seems so huge. I have seen Natalie grow up a lot! We've been blog friends for awhile.

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  7. Yay!! Happy Birthday Natalie! Hope her birthday in the Big "D" was as fun as mine! xxxoo

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  8. The days do fly by and we have to remind ourselves to stay focused 'in the moment' with our children. If you blink or turn your head, they are moving across country to go to school or for a job! You can't say "I love you" enough.

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  9. I love this! My boy just entered double digits and things are starting to change! He doesn't want to go to the McDonald's playland anymore and he says, "I'm not that into LEGOs anymore."! However, he still says I love you, holds my hand and hugs me in public.

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  10. Happy Birthday Natalie I remember when your mum used to write about you when you were a baby and reading about all the shenanigans you would get when you were a toddler and pre school aged.. Wow 9 yup Amber Natalie will start to change after she hits the double digits but in either case continue to enjoy Natalie's unique personality. Looking forward to hearing how Natalie's actual birthday had went on your blog

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  11. So sweet!! Enjoy. I'm right there with you, Mama, wondering the very same things about my 9yo.

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  12. So this definitely made me cry. It sounds like you have the sweetest girl, and I hope you have many, many more special moments with her :)

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  13. Happy Birthday Natalie! This post brought up lots of great memories with my mom. So sweet!

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  14. WOMAN!! Here I go again with the waterworks. This was such a sweet post. They seriously grow too fast. And when you have an older daughter and a younger daughter the younger daughter wants to be a little more grown like her big sister, so some of those things mentioned above stop sooner. :(
    I hope Natalie had a wonderful birthday!
    XOXO
    www.mrsaokaworkinprogress.com

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  15. Awe. She's beautiful! Happy birthday pretty girl! My oldest is 6, and that seems way too old to me, so I don't know what I'll do when he's 9 or the double digits. Love all the pictures!

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  16. Very sweet post. Hey, I still call my mom Mommy and I'm 37!

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  17. Stop making me cry! I am so not ready for these things!

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  18. Happy birthday Natalie! It does seem like things start to change a little bit when they turn ten - but I have boys, so I have no little girl advice. She's adorable.

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  19. Aww, happy birthday to Natalie! Love all of the pictures... We had some of the exact same Gymbo outfits - I totally recognize them - makes me wonder all of these same questions about my 10 yr old. We need to figure out how to slow things down a little!

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  20. Happy birthday! She'll always be your little girl no matter what.

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  21. I understand the sentiment! Mine is 15. She would never hold my hand in public :) Happy Birthday wishes to your daughter.

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  22. Seriously we dont even know how time flies. You daughter is so cute :)

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  23. Aww! Happy birthday sweet Natalie!!! I sure have lived watching her grow up via blog!!!

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  24. Such a cute post - time does fly and yes, make the most of the time with Natalie during this time period... I hope the terrible teen years don't change her!! Happy birthday, Natalie!!

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  25. Aww bless, it'll stop for a bit. But then she will become an adult and then things will change. I know now I will reach for my mums hand when shopping

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  26. Aww, your daughter is adorable! Happy belated birthday to her! :]

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