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Empty Nest Syndrome Has Set In

I hate missing a day of Alexis' life. It's inevitable, of course. Sometimes I have events that I need to attend that just aren't appropriate for her and don't end up home until long after she has fallen asleep. Sometimes I have to travel for work and miss an entire day, or even two.

I swear when I miss two days, I can see that she's grown upon my return. She stands a little taller, she uses words that are new for her, and she seems . . . older. Kids mature so quickly that even just 48 hours can seem like an eternity.

For now on, whenever I'm all emo about missing a day or two of Alexis' life, I'm going to remind myself of something. It could be worse.

Life got in the way of bird-watching, and I missed two days. In those two days, the baby birds that were in our front yard went from this:

To this:

I swear they doubled in size in two days. It gives all new meaning to "don't blink."

The baby birds were gone the next morning, meaning that they went from this (July 2nd):

To this (July 10th):

In just eight days.

Now there's a sad little empty nest in the front yard.

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Reader Comments (5)

Soon you'll do the same for your own kids.

Some of our robins triple-clutched last year. The parents may get one more brood in. Winter doesn't come as soon as it used to and with feeders and warmer winters, some robins don't head south. You might get one more set of babies!

July 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRob

i see a happy little nest. robins are some of my favorite birds and the fact that the babies got big & strong enough to be out worm hunting warms my heart. yay for raising babies!

"clearly a childless woman"

July 15, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterhello haha narf

So I shouldn't cry about the fact that I need to start thinking about Audrey's first birthday soon? heh ;)

July 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJen

Ouch. My heart hurts a little now. If I start panicking this early, I'm blaming you!

July 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKatie in MA
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