I don't know if I like this new stage Lainy Ann is in. There have been lots of 'hard' stages in the last five years; being up all night when she was a baby, following her during the toddler years when she was making messes, potty training and then sending her off to school. But becoming independent has been really hard on us emotionally.
Although she was gone from home most of today celebrating her birthday with Grandma and Papa at Knott's Berry Farm two very significant things happened. She got her first phone call from a boy. Well, I got her first phone call from a boy. Her friend from Kindergarten called and asked if she could come over. It really bothered me because first, he called my cell phone and second I don't know the mother very well and I felt she should have set the play date up. But maybe that's just because we are over-protective.
Then when she got home Daddy gave her a very special gift, her first journal. She has been keeping track of her days and writing stories at school. Some days she even lists what she has done. So Caskey found her a very special journal with butterflies and pink paper. It is spiral bound so it lays flat. She wrote her first entry today and I am quite sure in 10 years she will be blogging, just like her mother.
Although these two events seem so trivial it is just the beginning of what is to come. When boys really call her and then the dreaded question, "Can I have a phone in my room?" And of course the fight/screaming match when Connor finds her journal and reads it. All of these scenarios and other flashed in my mind when these two inconsequential things happened. I don't know if I traded up when she started sleeping through the night.