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Why Didn't Anybody Tell Me: Amnesia

Why Didn't Anybody Tell Me: Amnesia

While mothers debate whether you ever forget the pains of labor, as your child grows you really do forget the stages and ages of yesteryear. The first year of my daughter's life went in slow motion, we waited and waited for her to roll, to walk, to talk. But once she blew the birthday candles out on her cake, it seemed like a matter of minutes before she strolled through the doors of preschool, made friends and started planning her own playdates. Just as my husband and I can hardly recall what we did before we had children, we cannot remember a time when our lil girl couldn't speak. Now she has an opinion on everything, some of which leave us in hysterics. It's bittersweet to think that this latest phase, such a precious one, will soon become just another snapshot like the others.

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lickety-split lickety-split 8 years
i remember the before because that's when my oldest could do all the things parents "wait" for; talking, playing, dancing. now it's like "yeah 5 years ago she stopped talking. 4 years ago she stopped dancing", etc. man, i wish i couldn't remember when she was unable to talk. i pay much more attention to the developmental growth of my other children because of their autistic sister. really to all children. yesterday we were at the park and there was a boy about 15 months trying to keep up with the big boys (about 3-4). he did everything in his power to keep up, lol. and he was so proud of himself! i was thinking "good immitation skills, peer awareness, motor coordination" and his mother was trying to redirect him to a sand castle she was building.
lickety-split lickety-split 8 years
i remember the before because that's when my oldest could do all the things parents "wait" for; talking, playing, dancing. now it's like "yeah 5 years ago she stopped talking. 4 years ago she stopped dancing", etc. man, i wish i couldn't remember when she was unable to talk. i pay much more attention to the developmental growth of my other children because of their autistic sister. really to all children. yesterday we were at the park and there was a boy about 15 months trying to keep up with the big boys (about 3-4). he did everything in his power to keep up, lol. and he was so proud of himself! i was thinking "good immitation skills, peer awareness, motor coordination" and his mother was trying to redirect him to a sand castle she was building.
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