Friday, 14 January 2011

No longer my little girl...?

We have over a month to go until Olivia, my six year old, turns seven.

The present suggestion list, which she meticulously scribes at the front of her secret lockable diary is lengthening.

Famous Five books are very babyish, apparently. The Saxby Smart: Private Detective series is much more de rigueur, according to Miss Nearly Seven.

She also tells me she wants some glitter nail-polish, in blue please.




Top of her list is currently a new leather handball and gloves to match - she is a demon handball player at school, apparently.

But she yearns, some days, just to sit and play with her younger sister at imaginary "shops" with nothing more complicated than buttons for money and empty cereal boxes as their gourmet retail stock. So a plastic pink toy cash register has also been requested.



I have suggested a watch - a traditional Timex that she has earned by the learning of telling the time - which she concurred is a good idea. As long as it has a pink strap. And as long as I still tell her when it's her bedtime.

A moment later she needed reassurance that her advancing age of seven is not actually too old for fairy bread at her birthday party.

That she has picked a cake depicting a cartoon ladybird from the Women's Weekly Birthday Cake book makes me yearn for a more innocent time.

She is sensitive - today she may be crying over the desire to have her ears pierced. Tomorrow the tears may revert to flowing over a much loved lost teddy.

Definitely not yet a pre-teen. But no longer my little girl either....

Tell me all this is normal? That what she is going through will smooth out? That I will cope with her growing up so fast?

29 comments:

  1. MotorbikesLadyJanuary 14, 2011

    It's very normal went through it with my oldest daughter when she was younger and with my step daughter every year when she turns older (due to turn 12 this year in September)

    (((( Hugs )))) XXXX Kisses XXXX

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  2. Thea SmithJanuary 14, 2011

    *gulp*
    You know, you are the leader here for me.
    My six year old won't be seven until September.
    NOoooooooooooo!!!

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  3. Anjanette MortonJanuary 14, 2011

    I don't have a little girl, and my oldest boy just turned 6, but what you've written sounds exactly as sweetly complicated as I would expect it to be for the mother of a growing, gorgeous girl. And good call on the fairy bread - yum :)

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  4. So, SO, SO normal. It's the in between... not a baby, not a pre-teen... but take comfort. There is a new and exciting time coming your way... a time of chatting over nail polish choices, clothes, of being the being the big girl helping out... growing up is so bittersweet, especially for us parents!

    Emotions run high as children this age move into a new stage of development mentally, physically, get ready to leave behind early childhood and move on... one day happy to play dress ups, the next shinning things deemed babyish.

    But... she is your baby, the best you can do is stand by her side, hold her hand tight and see where you both go... Miss 9 will be 10 in less than 2 months. I have been where you are now, so I'll hold your hand tight too xxx

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  5. er, that would be shunning things. Proof read woman!

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  6. Highly appropriate typo - shinning up trees is another favoured persuit...xx

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  7. Anj- thank you. Sweety complicated is the most perfect phrase for her. xx

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  8. Anj- thank you. Sweety complicated is the most perfect phrase for her. xx

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  9. Anj- thank you. Sweety complicated is the most perfect phrase for her. xx

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  10. Anj- thank you. Sweety complicated is the most perfect phrase for her. xx

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  11. Thea, it's scary. I want to rewind back to three under three in front of Playschool. Sometimes. Not all the time. xx

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  12. Thank you. I am torn...

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  13. Lucy, if it makes you feel any better, I'm at the three under five stage...a year ago I had three under four. Read my blog from this morning ( www.salamander-teamotoole.blogspot.com ) and you'll relish your older ages and stages, I promise!!!! Love your blog xxx

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  14. Aw... My youngest turns 6 today and my oldest, a girl, is 8, so both of them are in this in-between stage. It's rather sweet I think. I enjoy both ends of it, the growing up and the little-kidness. I try to accommodate both sides.

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  15. ... my Little Boy turned 13 yesterday.. a TEENAGER... my...little...boy....

    My daughter is 5 and scrawls wishes in a little book too... bless them...

    *hugs* .. it's completely normal

    G xxx
    http://journeywithslimmingworld.blogspot.com

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  16. My oldest will be 7 in June. They do seem to grow up fast these days - but I guess every generatio thinks that. Pink - oh yes. I also have soon to be 5 and 3 year old girls - pink stuff is my life! If you get some good answers - do let me know too :)

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  17. Ah yes. That transition period. Finding their rapidly growing feet ....
    Very very normal.

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  18. MultipleMumJanuary 15, 2011

    You are a pioneer in this department. None of mine have reached this age yet. Your comments have been very enlightening :)

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  19. Seven does seem awfully grown up, doesn't it!? I hate to think that they are really all grown up at that age, though. I want to keep my bairns as long as possible!! x

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  20. Andrea - Reavelaing the Real MeJanuary 15, 2011

    So precious Lucy!! She sounds delicious!

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  21. Me too. Me too. So much so.

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  22. She is... she melts my heart and worries me constantly.

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  23. As Leanne says, its the transition stage. For both of us. I yearn for babies again.

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  24. Normal. But scary.

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  25. The pink thing - she is not too obesessed by pink (she's a redhead - she opts for reds and greens, by her own choice.) But she and Lexie together are team pink. Olivia indulges her little sister...

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  26. A teenager. Oh my. I cannot fathom it!

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  27. You're right. And the flick flacking of both sides makes me realise what a stage is must be for her too...

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  28. Thank you Sally. I thinks why I notice these stages - I did three under three (Olivia is the eldest at 6, Charlie is 5 and Lexie is 4). So now we are emerging from what felt like triplets, the maturing is almost a shock!

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