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They grow up so fast. A phrase I hear every other day it seems from family and friends, strangers and acquaintances alike. Admittedly, I’m guilty of saying it myself on occasion. Someone once mentioned these are the caterpillar years because before long our children will blossom into butterflies and spread their wings. As sad as that is, I feel it’s probably one of the more accurate statements I’ve heard in regards to parenting.

I try to take each day as it comes; soaking in every minute of every moment she gives me. As a toddler her efforts of affection are often, but are also quick so I find myself constantly making a mental note to drop everything when those moments present themselves. I make a point to squeeze her tightly, wrapping my arms around her cocooning her in my embrace as often as I can. I’m curious to see the beautiful butterfly she’ll become, but these are the days our lives are made of and I wouldn’t rush or trade them for anything.

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