IT FINALLY HAPPENED:
I had a moment of profound sadness that my little girl is growing up.
I've never been one of those "aww it goes too fast!"/"i miss when they were small"/"please halt time so they never grow up!" type moms, but one afternoon after naps Natalie sat down daintily in the middle of the living room and just talked to me about whatever came to her mind. She sounded so intelligent and opinionated and thoughtful and I just couldn't believe that she wouldn't always be this little. She's been my #1 pal from day one and I hope that never changes. I love spending time with her and listening to her and loving her.