It seemed like it was just yesterday when I held my newborn 3.4kg baby in my arm (yes singular!), breastfed her every 2 hours and survived on not more than 3 hours of uninterrupted sleep. In a blink of an eye, she is now a feisty and energetic 2.5 year old who is ready to “do it myself!” as she likes to say.
It used to be that whenever I asked her to do something, she would do it cheerfully, even if it was to throw rubbish into the bin. Nowadays, however, it is almost impossible to get her to do anything if there’s nothing in it for her
Where did my innocent little angel disappear to?
You know how people say that mothers will go through a period of emptiness called the Empty Nest Syndrome when all the little chicks have grown up and left the home?
I haven’t reached that stage yet but at the rate that my baby is growing, I always hug her really tightly, kiss her all over her face and bite her juicy thighs because before you know it, she’s all grown up and won’t allow me to do all of that anymore. She will be all, “Mum it ain’t cool to kiss me, you’re embarrassing me!!” or “OMG mum that dress is sooo yesterday!”
I think I’m suffering from Premature Empty Nest Syndrome (PENS).
Do you feel your kids are growing up too fast too? How do you cope with the feelings of letting go?
This is an original post to World Moms Blog from our writer, a research psychologist and mother of one in Singapore, Madeline Heng. You can find Madeline at her personal blog, MadPsychMum @ University of Motherhood.
Photo credit to iamkaspar. This photo has a creative commons attribution license.