Mr 4 and I spent this morning at school at their pre-prep program - in readiness for the transition to big school next year. We've been a few times, but for the first time ever, he was super excited to go. I'm taking this as a good sign! We gathered at the school and met with other boys and girls who would soon join him as a "preppie" next year. Its quite amazing to think that all these little ones will become school kids rather shortly. It feels like another step towards independence, to growing up and needing us less and less. Its bitter/sweet.
It happens gradually. We celebrate each little milestone, each little achievement with glee and pride, cheers and celebrations: but if I think about it too much, there is an undercurrent of sadness that sometimes hangs around, like a grey mist that seeps in slowly, softly, often without realizing. “This wont last” it whispers.
They grow up too fast.
He’s not a baby or a toddler anymore, although he still needs me so much. He's been a little sick this week and my mama instincts kicked up a notch, loving the way he NEEDS me when he's sniffly. But not for long. He is becoming a big boy, with his own hopes and dreams, his own friends, making independent choices and learning new things every day.
I am torn between wanting him to grow into an independent big kid, and wanting him to stay just like this… at this crossroads between baby and boy where we can enjoy the best of both worlds for just a fleeting moment in time.
I spent a fabulous fun afternoon with Sandra and her lovely family recently! Sandra wanted to capture some special memories with her son Josh and the lovely Miku before they embarked on an exciting adventure in Japan, and I was so thrilled to be asked to preserve these moments for them!
Thanks for a fun afternoon guys, and I hope you are enjoying Japan!
Hilary Hudson Photography. Natural Light Newborn and Families Photographer based in Tamborine, QLD. Australia.