Monday, August 08, 2011
1. Eva has been having an OCD-like compulsion to wash her hands.
She washes her hands like a surgeon scrubbing in for surgery.
She washes her hands for far too long, and sometimes multiple times in a row.
She has developed rashes on her wrists and fingers from too much hand-washing.
She has been banned from hand-washing until her skin heals, and is only allowed to use a bit of hand sanitizer for the time being.
It's completely counter-intuitive to tell your child not to wash her hands.
2. She has her first loose tooth.
My kids get their teeth late and lose their teeth late. She has been waiting for this for a long time.
Still. My heart hurts a little bit that my baby is leaving this stage of childhood behind. Soon she will have those big, awkward permanent teeth. Soon she may no longer be 100% cute.
How can you simultaneously be anxious for your children to grow and be more independent, etc. and yet want to hold them back, to keep them small for awhile longer?
This motherhood gig is perpetually perplexing.