the love I have for her brings me to my knees daily. this girl. my little bird. those wings are itching to spread more and more these days, and I can see that my work is on feeling at peace with it happening. but I have absolutely no intentions to rush it, and am happy to still carry this not-so-baby around when that's what she wants. sometimes, when she first asks, arms reaching up and often with a needy and tired expression on her little face, I want to say "no honey, you're too big for that". but instead, I swallow those words, scoop her up and wrap her in my arms that are plenty capable of still carrying her, and, taking notice of the way our bodies still fit together so nicely in this position, I breathe it in and smile. she will stop asking soon enough. too soon.