We went in for a well check recently and things were different. The questions were more teen-oriented and Dex got embarrassed. Not terribly so, because HELLO, he knows EVERYTHING, but just enough to show we were entering new territory.

He had to get a bunch of shots to be ready for Middle School, so the obligatory guilt ice cream followed – proving that we’re all still kids at heart no matter how old we get or how slumped and sulky our shoulders may become.

While we ate that ice cream (OK, stuffed it down our faces because it has been hot as hell in Denver again) I looked at Dex’s hands. The doctor confirmed that he is almost five feet tall now, and his hands showed it.

I asked him to spread them next to mine and snapped a photo.

Granted, I have always had meaty, thick German fingers. Man hands. So it is not surprising that my little man and his cute little digits are not so little anymore.

Except it was. This summer has exploded with growth for Dex, not just physically, but emotionally.

Right now his hands a just a bit smaller than mine, but soon they will not be. They will be bigger, stronger and more ready to take on the world.

I sit here celebrating and mourning at the same time.

This article has 7 comments

  1. Anonymous

    love this! – m

  2. sue at nobaddays

    Oh, Aimee. I hear you. Same soon.

  3. karen

    so touching.

  4. Ciara Sheily

    Awww, this is awesome. I get emotional with a 10 year old sister and HER growth. I’m going to be a hot mess parent. This was too cute 🙂

  5. Nicole Daley

    I know exactly how you’re feeling. My 14 year old continues to amaze me every single day. It’s a strange feeling to be so excited to see through my sons eyes this new world he’s experiencing, and also mourn the “little guy” he used to be. I just figure that it’s my job to try to remember everything and not push too hard to see the future.

  6. zipper

    Love this, Aimee.

  7. Vicki

    True that mama!

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