Saturday, June 4, 2011

Gaining independence

There is nothing quite like watching Sweet One figure new things out. When she manages to do something on her own, the look of pride (and perhaps surprise) at what she has just accomplished is enormous. It radiates. She gets so excited and shouts, "I did it!" She's also started telling me, "I can do it" so that I will stop helping her and let her do it on her own. This new sense of independence she has is bittersweet. As my sister mentioned when I told her that my niece sounded so grown up since I last talked to her on the phone: "I love it and I hate it."

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