I took the kids to see Journey to the Center of the Earth-3D! today. The kids never fail to surprise me. I expected Ella to be kinda freaked out, but no. She was asking LOUDLY, "When do the dinosaurs come out?!" and flailing her arms around trying to catch everything that "popped" at her. Finn was scared a lot and actually cried at one point (out of sadness, not fear). I just never know.
I can really feel them growing up now. They still need me, of course, but it's much less. There are times they prefer the company of their friends or just to be alone. I try to feel good about that, try to remember that it is our strong bond that helps them to feel safe going out into the world. Even as I am thrilled by their new accomplishments and interests and abilities, there are days when I miss my babies.