There’s been some magical happenings in the Corrigan household lately. These little girls of mine are becoming more and more independent with each new day. I find myself wondering what happened to my little babies? Seriously. Where has the time gone? In their place are these young girls who are becoming more grown up every day. They enjoy being with each other (well, for the most part) and acting like more than sisters;  they are truly becoming friends.

I am so enjoying witnessing the friendship between my daughters blossoming right in front of my eyes. They are constantly playing with each other and using their imaginations to pretend they’re pirates, doctors, firefighters, store clerks/cashiers, princesses, construction workers, you name it. They role play, interact, and even share with each other. I absolutely love that! Never mind the fact that this is allowing me time to get things done around the house or other tasks crossed of my list without having at least one kid needing me to hold or entertain them.

Another amazing benefit of their growing relationship is the fact that my husband and I have actually had the ability to sleep in a little later on the weekends. Waking up at 7:30 instead of 6:30 in the morning is a much welcomed benefit of having children who will entertain each other for a period of time. It also helps to have a child who is able to put the TV on Disney Jr. for her and her younger sister, giving mom and dad an extra hour of shut-eye. (I really hope I didn’t just jinx this by writing that!)

My daughters have also begun having each other’s backs and will become a united front. Sure, this can be somewhat of a nuisance when trying to discipline one of them since the other one comes to their “rescue” and suddenly I’m the bad guy. Regardless, it’s still nice to see them stand up for one another because they don’t want their sister to get in trouble. I always want them to be there for each other, and to stand up for their sister if need be.

My older daughter likes to teach her little sister how to do things, whether it’s how to put her coat on, how to spell a word, or sing the words to a song. This past Halloween was probably the most enjoyable yet with our girls. They seemed so much more grown up trick or treating this year; saying “trick or treat” when the door opened and “thank you” when they were given candy. I was able to take a step back and savor their excitement and delight with each house we stopped at. It was so adorable to see my little one follow her older sister’s lead.

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I’m really loving the fact that as my girls are getting older they are becoming better friends. Sure I sometimes feel a bit sad thinking about how I no longer have a baby in the house to constantly cuddle and care for, but these milestones are making me so excited for all of the new adventures we will have as a family. It’s yet another reminder that each new age brings a chance for new opportunities and experiences.

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