Take a look at this sweet article from Motherly It so beautifully chronicles the moments when you realize your baby isn’t a baby anymore. They’re growing so quickly, and right in front of your eyes. You put them to bed one night and they wake in the morning seeming bigger…more mature. Or you drop them off to daycare or school only to return later that day and can’t help but notice they seem older, more independent.

It’s a part of parenthood we can’t avoid and we all have in common. We know it’s all part of the process but it tugs at the heart strings just a bit more than expected. It’s a good reminder to slow down, drink it all in while you can…smell their sweet heads, snuggle them a little longer. Though the change is gradual, one day you’ll turn around and you won’t recognize your child. You’ll suddenly realize your baby isn’t a baby anymore.