I interrupt this blog to make the following public announcement:
Holland has officially declared she is NOT into princess dress up anymore!
She and I spent the day, yesterday, cleaning out her room and rearranging her furniture. As we were deciding what to leave upstairs and what to shuffle downstairs, she made the big announcement.
It went something like this:
"Mommy, I want to tell you something".
"Okay, what is it darling?"
"I'm not really into my princess dress-up anymore. I think we should donate some of my dresses for other little girls".
"That's a great idea Holland. I was thinking though that we might save them for Dylan because I bet that when she turns three, she is going to go nuts about dressing up- just like you did, and most of these dresses are from Grandma and that makes them special. So why don't we save them and then when Dylan isn't into them anymore, we can donate them."
"Okay, mommy". "Let's just move them to the basement and save them for my sister."
A few minutes later, she was telling me that we could move "this" and we could move "that" to the basement because she wasn't really "that into them either".
And then she stopped dead in her tracks and got a puzzled and very concerned look on her face.
"I was *just* into them at Christmas, Mommy." And she paused....
"What is happening to me?"
(this made my heart sink a bit because my baby is growing up and this was her first realization that she was changing. she had such a worried look on her face as she was trying to process that she didn't really like something much anymore after it had been such a huge part of her life)
I told her that this was normal and that she was growing up and her tastes were changing and also that she was going to have lots of different interests over the years. I also pointed out to her that all of her friends that had gone onto Kindergarten weren't really into dress-up anymore either.
"Yep, like Lindsey. And probably Sylvia, and Elise, and Annika....."
I then followed it up the discussion with this question:
"So, Holland, what are you into these days?"
In which she replied,
"I am into littlest pet shop, webkinz and beanie babies. That's about it."