Nicholas is 3 years old in this picture and I remember almost not ordering him that costume because I thought he was too old for it. I wondered if he'd be made fun of at school for being a bear when he was 3 years old. As it turned out, he didn't get made fun of, and looked adorable. The fact that I was even concerned about something so ridiculous makes me mad. It makes me wonder how many other things I obsessed about with Nicholas. I am so, so much more laid back as a mother of 3 than I was way back when. In fact, the difference is now I'd probably have let Nicholas pick what HE wanted to be. I don't think I even asked HIM. Sorry Nicholas, but you sure were a cute bear and who wants to be Spiderman anyway?
Parenting is a learn as you go process. I'm still learning. I just hope my kiddos still love me at the end of all of this and grow up to be adults that love and admire their parents.