There's nothing like a huge summer backyard party going on all day and all night occupied by plenty of families with children to put things in perspective. There are big kids, little kids, tweens, babies and everyone else in between (the parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles don't really count in this scenario).
And somewhere among this happy bustling snacking, bouncing, wet pile of children are my own. And all day (and all night) they move among other children and jostle for new sizes.
Now Wolfie is a big boy playing with other big boys. No wait, look at those other big boys - my boy is still little. Wait, did he just jump in that pool? What a big boy!
And Luna, the baby...well, okay, she's not a baby. She's two. There are definitely legitimate babies here so she looks pretty big. But. There is a two and a half year old and that makes my baby still a little bit of a baby.
And Tulip. Oh, she's so sweet. She twinkles around like a little summer fairy. She's little and big all rolled into one no matter where she is or what she is doing.
And the best thing about parties like this is that I get to step back and see my children try on all these new sizes. There's just enough distance and just enough independence for them to try on big, then come back to me for a little check-in.