September 17, 2013


“She seems so much older than three.”
I’ve been hearing this a lot lately.
Granted Lovie is just three months shy of four, but still, she’s three.
The girl has quite the vocabulary and can talk your ear off. She’s been like this since before two, believe it or not. Now though, she’s added spelling and writing her name and a few other words to the mix. And she absolutely loves all books (still), including books on CD in the car and at bedtime.
She’s a very smart girl who catches on immediately. She absorbs everything. And I do mean everything (as do most littles).
So I think that’s why people have been saying that she seems older than she is.
taking over piano duty at the grocery store
I generally just smile when people interact with her; I find it quite entertaining to watch when it happens, which is pretty much wherever we go. If you give her the time of day, she’ll find something to chat about. She’s a lot like her dad in that respect.
I’m glad she’s so social and verbal and communicative. I really am. I’m so proud of her I can’t even put it into words.
And my love for her? It truly does expand each and every day. How that’s possible, I have no freaking idea, but it truly does.
Still, when I hear people comment that she seems so much older than she is, a part of me worries. I suppose that’s because I’m a natural born worrier--people have been telling me all my life that I worry too much.
I just really want her to love life and live life to the fullest. I don’t want her to seem older because her youth was snatched from her.
I don’t want her to become me.
But I know she’s not me. I know she’s oh so different than me. She likes pink and dresses and princesses and ballet and tea parties and ponies.
She’s super outgoing and so much fun.
So it’s okay that she seems older. Because I know her childhood is still intact. I know her innocence and sense of wonder still remains. And I will do all that I can to ensure that it remains for a long, long time.
It’s just that I want her to remember jumping on the bed...having a popsicle for breakfast on Sunday morning...watching one more episode of Team Umizoomi before bed.
I want her to look back fondly on her youth.
I want a smile to shine on that gorgeous face when someone talks about childhood and she starts to reminisce.
I just need to let go of my insecurities from my own childhood, and try not to read into what people say about Lovie.
She seems older, yes, but she’s three and a half. Just ask her, she’ll tell you.


  1. Lovely pictures to go with your beautiful words. My kids have ALWAYS been extremely tall for their age and most ppl thought they were older than they actually were.

  2. She's so cute! I love your photos. She will enjoy looking at them when she's older. (And I also love that your grocery store has a piano!) That's wonderful that she's so verbal at a young age. My Bubby is still speaking his own language at 17 months. While I don't want to rush his childhood, I'm looking forward to communicating with him more.

  3. I think that's such a compliment to you and to her! And OMG, her hair! HER HAIR! Love.

  4. A nice post, Christina. I´m such a natural born worrier, too, I can guess how you feel... And I go with Lisa, that hair, soooo cute (if you don´t have to comb it, I guess).

  5. Wonderfully written. And, though I get worrying(seriously, I've been popping Tums since I was 12), there is such a vast difference between being a precocious 3/4 year old and being an "old" young adult.

    Our babies are exactly as they should be.


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