Emotional Transition from Infancy to Toddlerhood
It's so cliched, but kids do grow up so quickly. And how many times have we all heard mamas with grown children look fondly at our little infants as they remember that special stage in a child's life? Betsy emailed us recently to see if any urbanMama's have any advice regarding the sadness she's experiencing as her youngest transitions from infancy to toddlerhood. She writes:
I have a nearly-three-year-old daughter Kaia and a just-turned-one-year-old daughter Elliot. When Elliot turned one this year, I felt and continue to feel a huge sadness that she is no longer an infant. I also realized that Kaia is fast growing up and I can hardly remember her time as a baby anymore. With both girls, I am experiencing these feelings of mourning (?) - Loss for a time in their lives that I can’t have back and I can’t seem to move past the feelings. I see the amazing ways they are growing and becoming beautiful human beings and I celebrate each new thing they try and accomplish but these feelings of sadness are putting up stiff competition. I am trying to allow myself room for my emotions – acknowledging and accepting them. This is proving to be a very difficult time for me. I wonder how other mom’s handle this emotional transition from infancy to toddler.