...I need a moment. 

I've been saying that a lot lately. 
A few days ago, when the 12-year-old came home from school sounding like Donald Duck on helium the first thing I told him was, "I need a moment." I didn't want to laugh in the boy's face, so in that moment, I composed myself and tried to understand what was happening to my first baby boy. My Genesis. 
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His name is Genesis because his arrival marks the beginning of (my) life's greatness. I absolutely remember my pregnancy (loved it!). His birth (quick!). His newborn face and how I marveled that his profile looked the exact same as it did in the ultrasound while in utero (I don't know, but I guess I expected there to be a difference).  My memory gets fuzzy on a lot of stuff, and there are some things I'm still trying to forget, but that's why pictures and time are a parent's friends.
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But even with the yucky stuff -- I mean... you see where I'm going... 
A few days after the voice crack, I learned his exact height: 5'10". 5 feet and 10 inches. 5 FRIGGIN 10! Of course I know the kid is tall. He comes from tall people. I see him every day. He's going to be a tall person. But when the nurse announced his measurements then tried to immediately ask me some other questions, I told her, "Hold on, please. I need a moment."
I'm 5'11".
He's 12. 
I'm not.

I received his 6th grade school pictures the day after that. Who is this handsome young MAN? Good Grief! I just stared at the photo. I was at once proud and sad about this proof of my child's transformation. 

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I told myself, "Take a moment."
Then, yesterday, just when I am coming to terms with the big guy with the Lilliputian voice -- I talk to him after school and BAM! There's a MAN voice answering me! WHAT?! WHEN DID THIS HAPPEN?! "Right after you dropped me off this morning. It's surprising to me too, Mom!"
For real -- Can a Sister get a moment?!
As a Mom whose first baby has crossed over to MANchild in size and sound -- I absolutely need a moment. I need them all. 
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Tags: Motherhood, puberty, rapture


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  • Fantastic entry!

  • Nice entry. As a first time mom of a 9 month old boy I'm excited with every milestone and afraid of how quickly the time flies by.

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