Monday, January 21, 2013
Operation 12 is continuing.
I let Princess and her new friend walk to a playground alone Friday. (There was no school here.) This involved crossing a road I have never let Princess cross alone. It's not a highway or anything - just quite a bit busier than our little dirt road.
We're working on helping her accept more responsibility at home. She cleaned the living room floor on her hands and knees without it even being suggested. (I've never even done that.) Of course, other times getting her to pick up just a few things is a battle.
Hubster taught her to use the weed whacker to trim a bush yesterday. I didn't freak out (outwardly) when I saw my baby with a power tool. Princess was so proud of herself. The smile on her face was amazing.
She's been entertaining herself in her room more and is still sleeping in her bed instead of the couch.
She's growing up. I'm working hard to encourage her to be 12 more and she's thriving. She even brought up the possibility of sleep away camp for a week this summer!
Yeah, it's an adjustment. We've had some of our biggest meltdowns ever in the last couple of weeks. However, I also see real progress happening.
She's not quite ready to stop being the baby yet, though. And hopefully she never will be! She's asked me a few times if she'll always be my little girl. "Yes! Absolutely! Always!" I tell her.
She's been chatting with her older sister on Facebook (which is exactly why I let her set up an account last week). Her sister mentioned having to work yesterday. Princess asked me if it's normal for teenagers to work on the weekends. I told her it was because they go to school during the week.
"But when do they see their mommies?" she asked.
Oh, my sweet girl.
She still needs a lamp on to fall asleep. I went in to shut it off last night and almost cried because my love for that beautiful little baby of mine was so strong.
So, yeah, Operation 12 is moving along, but she'll always be my baby.